We are a group of passionate advocates committed to future-proofing good governance leadership and functioning in Australian local governments.
"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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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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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.
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Are cash reserves held by Victorian Councils in 2016/17
Queensland's Crime & Corruption Commission made 31 recommendations to clean up local government elections
Allegations in 2015 and 2016 about WA councils relating to misconduct, fraud or corruption
People are employed in local councils in Victoria in 2016/17