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Queensland sacks another council (Logan)

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Queensland sacks another council (Logan)

5May, 2019

In August 2017, Ipswich City Council was dismissed after two consecutive mayors and chief executives, as well as other staff and contractors, were charged with corruption offences. Now Logan is the second council sacking in Queensland, linked to fraud and corruption charges. See quoted article

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Sydney’s Sutherland Shire Council aims to increase rates by almost 50%

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Sydney’s Sutherland Shire Council aims to increase rates by almost 50%

5May, 2019

Sounds like Sutherland Shire Councillors are fans of Gordon Gekoo, his infamous catchphrase " "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." Today's news article from the Sydney Herald Sun (see quoted news below) reveals that Surtherland Shire Council wants to change their rating method to an C

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Have Your Say – Victorian Local Government Rating System Review

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Have Your Say – Victorian Local Government Rating System Review

5May, 2019

The Victorian Government is conducting a full review into the Victorian Local Government Rating System. The Terms of Reference explains the objectives, scope and implementation plan of the review process, which completes by 31 March 2020 . The goal is to identify changes that will improve its

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Can the VEC really improve Fairness and Equity Performance in Victorian Councils?

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Can the VEC really improve Fairness and Equity Performance in Victorian Councils?

5May, 2019

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is conducting a review about the electoral structure of each local councils in Victoria. In compliance to the Local Government Act (1989), this representation review occurs before every third general election, that equates to every 12 years, sometimes allowi

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Australia’s Declining Corruption Perception Index

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Australia’s Declining Corruption Perception Index

29Jan, 2019

"Corruption chips away at democracy to produce a vicious cycle, where corruption undermines democratic institutions and, in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption" Patricia Moreira, Managing Director, Transparency International (2019). Disappointingly, Australia is o

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Setting the National Local Government Reform Agenda

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Setting the National Local Government Reform Agenda

24Jan, 2019

All of us involved in scrutinizing governance performance of councils understand the common and growing issues. However, there is lack of an official national perspective of the common governance issues prevailing in Australia councils. The states and territories' reform plans and priorities, the r

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“All are equal, but some are more equal than others” in Local Democracy

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“All are equal, but some are more equal than others” in Local Democracy

18Nov, 2018

Equal participation in decision making is the highest empowerment of local democracy. This was VLGA’s legacy value to its members, until last week when majority to AGM attendees voted last week to pass a constitution change that demotes individual members to become associate members and losing the

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Know Your Rights When Councils use your metadata

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Know Your Rights When Councils use your metadata

14Nov, 2018

Yesterday, Communications Alliance, a telco peak body has revealed that the 2015 legislated Metadata Act can be exercised without a warrant by any agencies, not just by the act’s authorized list of “criminal law-enforcement agencies”. This means that any state and federal departments and agenc

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WA Ratepayers Calling for Planning and Local Government Reforms

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WA Ratepayers Calling for Planning and Local Government Reforms

11Nov, 2018

24 community groups have gathered at the WA Parliament to rally against what they believe is a skewed planning system. Civil actions like making phone calls and writing letters expressing their views are no longer working. Local Development Assessment Panel (LDAP) meetings are normalizing “confron

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City Planning & Housing Affordability Woes: The Political Drivers

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City Planning & Housing Affordability Woes: The Political Drivers

6Nov, 2018

Read this ABC news article (5 Nov 2018) - "China is changing our cities — but it's not as simple as an 'invasion' or a 'takeover' ". It is an eye opener when the article alerted that: The racialised talk of "Asian invasion" blames Chinese migrants and investors for many local liveability

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Annual Report 2017-18

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Annual Report 2017-18

13Oct, 2018

On 6 October 2018, we had our Annual General Meeting. The governance and operating teams' membership remains unchanged. Click here for the Annual Report 2017/18.

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A Local Government Royal Commission Inquiry equivalent is most needed

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A Local Government Royal Commission Inquiry equivalent is most needed

28Sep, 2018

“Good culture and proper governance cannot be implemented by passing a law. Culture and governance are affected by rules, systems and practices but in the end,  they depend upon people applying the right standards and doing their jobs properly”.       &nbs

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Annual General Meeting 2018 Notice

7Sep, 2018

Public notice that the annual general meeting will be hosted on 6th October 2018. Venue: Level 8, Room 9, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am Agenda Items Meeting Opening Annual Report, including Treasurer's Report Nomination of Governance (Association) Positions: President

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China’s Ban on Foreign Rubbish: A lazy way out.

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China’s Ban on Foreign Rubbish: A lazy way out.

21Apr, 2018

In Jan 2018, China made the decision to stop accepting and hence importing scarp metal, plastic, paper and chemical waste from foreign countries. In 2015, China imported over 47 million tons of waste (Radio Free Asia, 2018). In the wake of the ban, most developed nations, including the USA, Britain

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About Us

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About Us

23Jul, 2017

Welcome to Ratepayers Australia. Interested in improving good governance functioning and leadership in your council? If yes, this site is for you. We collaborate with: Ratepayers and residents; State and federal agencies who oversee Australian states' and territories' local government po

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Digital Platform Services

We are examining strategic partnerships and block chain developments to build our community service platform. Watch this space develop.

We are building awesome new online services for our platform members. It will take us some time to deliver these services. With these services functioning in earliest 2020, our platform members will be able to collaborate with one another to future-proof good performance leadership and functioning i

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Preparing for Citizen AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are already here and ready to be harnessed by citizens to play bigger collaborative roles in councils' oversight. In Accenture Technology Vision 2018, citizens will soon be able to access and use AI to improve good governance in their councils' decision making and check risks exposures. Many states are already building the data analytics foundations (eg Victoria's https://knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au) for developing such AI capabilities

What We Do

We are a group of passionate citizens committed to future-proof good governance  leadership and functioning in Australian municipal councils. We develop communities of practice among our members, to leverage their expertise and networks, to provide professional research, reform and citizen participation innovations and ratepayer advocacy capacity building.

Interesting Current Facts About Australian Councils

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