Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Local Government

There are 565 local governing bodies across Australia.

The Australian Government, through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting local governments to manage their own futures, including providing essential services and developing effective planning initiatives.

  • The Commonwealth provides financial assistance grants to local government under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. Details are provided in this section.

  • The National Awards for Local Government recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia.

  • Ernst & Young was commissioned to prepare a report on infrastructure financing for local government. The report ‘Strong foundations for sustainable local infrastructure: Connecting communities, projects, finance and funds’ was released on 18 June 2012.

  • The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program has made more than $1 billion available to local government authorities to build and modernise community infrastructure.

  • The Local Government Reform Fund will help councils better manage their infrastructure and plan for future needs in their communities. Applications have now closed under this Fund.

  • Information on supplementary local roads funding for South Australian local governments.

  • The Australian Government has contributed $8 million in funding for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government to enhance professionalism and showcase innovation and best practice in the local government sector. The Centre will work with stakeholders to deliver services nationally, not only to urban areas but also to rural and remote Australia, including through online information.

  • View and print publications and maps about Local Government in Australia.

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Last Updated: 25 September, 2014