Social Impact Investing is a model where investments are made with the aim of creating measurable social outcomes, in addition to a financial return. This briefing will be of interest to local government leaders, councillors and staff concerned with supporting communities in their areas experiencing social and economic disadvantage.
The Audit Office of NSW’s Report on Local Government 2019 presents the key observations and findings from the 2018–19 financial audits of NSW Local Governments and Joint Organisations. This briefing will be of interest to Local Government, particularly CEOs in NSW, and as a summary for corporate planning, finance and asset management purposes. LG across…
This briefing introduces the circular economy, a term often mentioned but possibly poorly understood, as an economic concept – followed by a discussion of the opportunities for local governments to participate in, and lead, changes towards achieving a circular economy.
Constitutional recognition of Australia’s Indigenous peoples continues to be a matter of intense discussion at the national level. This briefing explores what is currently underway in this policy area as a way of providing a background briefing for local government and discusses what these developments might mean for local government.
This briefing looks at the rental affordability index (RAI) which has been developed by SGS Economics and Planning in partnership with National Shelter, Community Sector Banking, and Brotherhood St Laurence since 2015. Housing affordability is an increasingly important issue for councils, and the RAI provides an easy to understand indicator of rental affordability relative to…
The commercial determinants of health: how corporate decisions shape local health outcomes, and what councils can do about it
The relationships between companies selling unhealthy products and population health are known as the ‘commercial determinants of health’. We consider here strategies local government can adopt to tackle commercial determinants to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.
The South Australian (SA) Government is currently progressing reforms to improve local government governance and operations. This briefing will be of interest to local government practitioners both within and beyond South Australia. Specifically, written as a detailed review to assist South Australian Councils to understand the proposed reforms and plan accordingly.
For local governments, action towards a more gender equal world can occur at the organizational level, encouraging and supporting equality within their own organisations, as well as in their local communities. This briefing looks at organizational change to understand local gender equality in the context of access to employment.
Urban planning and governance requires gender sensitivity if it is to be sustainable, equitable, and effective. ‘Mainstreaming’ gender considerations into planning processes takes urban planning beyond the realm of efficiency into solving issues of social, economic and political equity – promoting civic engagement among women and minorities in the process.
Brisbane City Council has committed to five new ‘green bridges’ across the Brisbane River, over the next four years, designed for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport only. Using these examples, this briefing looks at quantifying the benefits of an active transport investment to assist decision-making when it comes to investing.