Government welcomes parliamentary inquiry into local government sustainability

The long overdue parliamentary inquiry into local government sustainability is good news for the sector, its workers and the communities who rely on this critical level of government. 

The Standing Committee on Regional Development, Infrastructure and Transport has accepted the Government’s referral, which comes more than two decades after the last such Parliamentary Inquiry into the sector’s financial capacity.

It will provide an opportunity for all perspectives on issues including worker security, financial sustainability and cost shifting to be heard.

The Albanese Government encourages all interested groups to have their say on these issues by providing a written submission by 3 May 2024. 

The Committee will also be travelling around Australia to understand the unique issues faced by urban, regional and remote local governments.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King:

“I thank the Committee for accepting my referral and starting the important task of working with stakeholders to understand the pressing issues facing local government.

“Local councils deliver the essential services our communities rely on. That’s why the Australian Government is committed to partnering with local government through programs like Financial Assistance Grants, Roads to Recovery, the Safer Local Roads and Infrastructure Program and the Black Spot Program.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain:

“From day one we’ve brought local government back to the table as a trusted delivery partner of the services our communities rely on, which is why it’s important that future funding arrangements and program delivery meet the unique needs of the sector.

“I welcome this inquiry, which will build on the extensive feedback we’ve received from the local government sector over the last 18 months, and help inform how we can strengthen their capacity to deliver better outcomes in our communities.”