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Have you thought about your community’s capacity to pay?

March 2023

Would it be helpful for your executive and leadership team to really get to grips with the socio-economic situations facing your community? Could an analysis of your community’s capacity to pay be use...

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Natural Disaster Funding for Councils

February 2023

It’s clear that climate change is rapidly changing the risk environment for public assets, and that is putting pressure on the mechanisms we have in place to fund maintenance and replacement of commun...

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Demerging Councils - is it as easy as it sounds?

January 2023

In some local governments, the forced mergers of 2016 are very unpopular, and the groundswell of support for demerging and returning to the former councils has not waned over time. The Government soug...

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Are your delegations up to date and ready by December?

September 2022

NSW councils must review their delegations during the first 12 months of each term of office. This is a requirement of section 380 of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 (LGA), which means councils must review their delegations by 4 December 2022.

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How to write a successful SRV application?

July 2022

The IPART determination process for special rate variations has been in place in New South Wales for just over ten years. Over that time, the assessment criteria have been refined and the process clarified. 70% of NSW councils have gone through the process at least once, but it is still not a day-to-day activity for a local council.

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Are you ready for an SRV?

June 2022

If you haven’t included a special rate variation (SRV) in your long-term financial plan or can’t demonstrate that you have worked to improve your council’s productivity, do not pass GO for your SRV application. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) assesses SRVs against five criteria and it’s not too late for 2023/24...

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Who's afraid of the SRV?

May 2022

Contemplating a special rate variation (SRV) can be very daunting for a council, no one wants to tell people that they need to pay more tax. But just like rate capping, SRVs are here to stay and there are good reasons why councils need them.

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The financial challenge is still front and centre!

December 2021

The announcement of the 2022/23 rate peg sees further financial pressure on councils, with some 88 councils across NSW receiving a rate peg increase of less than 1% - over two-thirds of councils. This has an immediate impact on councils’ long term financial resource planning, as many councils were estimating increases around 2%. Councils will need to reconsider the budgeting and financial forecast implications for the 2022/23 year and beyond.

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Unique projects demand entrepreneurial vision

December 2021

Project management experts often say that the majority of project failures are caused by poor planning. This can sound like the words of a Monday-morning quarterback - only wise in hindsight. If projects that fail are those that experience the biggest unforeseen risks, how can you plan for risks you didn’t foresee? How can you improve project planning without a crystal ball?

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L6 NZ Certificate in Infrastructure (Procurement Procedures)

September 2021

We now have three qualified procurement specialists that can lead a TET / evaluation process as well as sign-off any central and local government procurements.

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