ECU is a program partner in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), and as such, was commissioned to identify the capacity issues and needs of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments in key states and territories.
ECU conducted its study considering the issues in Western Australia, while other studies were conducted in Northern Territory and Queensland.
The project is part of ACELG's broad mission to build on existing local government programs and networks, encourage innovation and best practice across local government, foster good governance and strategic leadership and support action to improve local government workforce capability.
As part of the project, ECU researchers worked to identify key issues with local governments, government groups, state government representatives and other parties.
The results of the investigation are now being used to develop a strategy to assist in the capacity building of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments, with the goal of improving issues such as representation, governance, organisational capability and service delivery.
Dr Robyn Morris, Professor Beth Walker.
Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.