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Due to be rolled out across the 2022-2023 financial year, this program will provide councils with the opportunity to strengthen governance through departmental support and regular advice, the promotion of best practice and innovation, and the fostering of a culture of continuous improvement.

The department has set out a list of clear and achievable goals for local governments in the Strategic Community Plan, with the aim of ensuring all operational activities and supporting systems (policies, procedures, internal controls etc.) meet these targets.

These targets include performance assessments of key functions and common business practices like financial management, human resources, and procurement.

Councils are encouraged to build on the checklists developed for the program and capitalise on the report findings by identifying and acting on areas for improvement.

While participation in the review is entirely voluntary, some selected local governments will be invited to participate.

While the department is committed to delivering the program, the number of reviews planned is limited. Local government expressions of interest will be reviewed individually and assessed by DLGSC officers to optimise resources and maximise the benefit to the local government sector.

For more information, or to self-nominate, please contact

Further information and support for local governments is available on our website.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023