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Economies of Scale and Local Government Expenditure: Evidence from Australia

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Joseph Drew, Michael A. Kortt and Brian Dollery
  • Journal Name: Administration & Society
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: All Regions

Controversy surrounds structural reform in local government, especially efforts aimed at involuntarily reducing the number of local authorities to secure scale economies. We examined whether scale economies exist in local government outlays by analyzing the expenditure of 152 New South Wales councils. Initially, council expenditure is characteriz ....

Empowering Indigenous governance through vocational education and training

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Blair, Nerida; Hanlen, Wendy
  • Publisher: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • Published Location: Adelaide, SA
  • Country: Australia

This report investigates the role that vocational education and training (VET) could play in Indigenous capacity building and community governance. Drawing on the research literature, focus groups, and case studies, it examines how Indigenous people conceptualise governance, the skills needed for participation in community and orga ....

England and the 'New Regionalism'

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Tomaney, John; Ward, Neil
  • Journal Name: Regional Studies
  • Journal Number: Vol.34, No.5
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • State/Region: England

This article investigates recent claims concerining the 'new regionalism' - that is, the 're-emergence' of the region and a unit of economic analysis and the territorial sphere most suited to the interaction of political, social and economic progress in the era of 'globalization'.  It is also borne out of an interest in the changing pattern ....

Enhancing regional cooperation between local councils: A proposed two-tier model for Australian local government

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Ramsland, Don; Dollery, Brian
  • Journal Name: Journal of Economic & Social Policy
  • Journal Number: Vol. 14, No. 2
  • Country: Australia

Various state-based and national reports into Australian local government have conclusively demonstrated that the problem of financial sustainability is widespread amongst local councils, especially in non-metropolitan areas. The main impact of this financial distress has fallen on local infrastructure and the magnitude of the prob ....

Evaluation of the Murdi Paaki COAG trial

  • Year: 2006
  • Author: Urbis Keys Young; Australia. Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination
  • Publisher: Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs]
  • Published Location: Canberra, ACT
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

The Council of Australian Government (COAG) Trials, announced in 2002, aimed to explore new ways for governments to work together and with communities to address the needs of Indigenous Australians. Eight trials were conducted in sites across Australia - the New South Wales trial was conducted in the Murdi Paaki region, and aimed t ....

Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: McKinlay P.; Pillora, S.; Tan, S.F.; Von Tunzelmann, A.
  • Publisher: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government
  • Published Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Country: Australia

This report provides an overview of emerging trends in community governance through reviewing local and international literature as well as interviews with Australian local government leaders and Bendigo Bank representatives. The paper explores the implications of the research findings for new approaches to local decision making and directions fo ....

Federalism and local government in Australia

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: FENNA, Alan
  • Journal Name: Public Administration Today
  • Journal Number: 14
  • Country: Australia

Edited version of a speech to the IPAA National Conference, Roundtable on Federalism, Perth, 19 September 2007 - whether the decline of the states creates an opening for the rise of local or regional government - impact of centralising pressures on local government - pessimism about the 'third tier' of government in Australia. Re ....

Federalism and Regionalism in Australia

  • Year: 2006
  • Editors: Brown, AJ; Bellamy, JA
  • Publisher: Australian National University ePress
  • Published Location: Canberra, ACT
  • ISBN: 9781921313417
  • Country: Australia

Australia's federal system is in a state of flux and its relevance is being challenged. Dramatic shifts are occurring in the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between governments. Pressure for reform is coming not just from above, but from below, as the needs of local and regional communities – both rural and urban – occupy an ....

Financing Local Government Infrastructure: The Australian Experience

  • Year: 2006
  • Author: Beresford-Wylie, Adrian; Watts, Geof; Thurairaja, Valentine
  • Journal Name: Sustaining Regions
  • Journal Number: Vol. 5, No. 2
  • Country: Australia

Local government is an integral part of Australian culture and society and its formation dates from the early years of formal governance in Australia. There is no longer a traditional definition of 'core' local government services such as 'roads, rates and rubbish'. Australian local government in the twenty first century delivers a  ....


  • Year: 2010
  • Author: Gascoyne Development Commission
  • Publisher: Government of Western Australia
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

The Gascoyne Regional Development Plan is designed to provide a strategic direction for the Gascoyne region over the next ten years to 2020. Report LocationClick here to view the full publication ....

Getting doctors into the bush: General Practitioners' preferences for rural location

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Scott, Anthony; Witt, Julia; Humphreys, John; Joyce, Catherine; Kalb, Guyonne; Jeon, Sung-Hee; McGrail, Matthew
  • Journal Name: Social Science & Medicine
  • Journal Number: 96
  • Publisher: Pergamon Press Inc.
  • Published Location: United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 02779536
  • Country: Australia

A key policy issue in many countries is the maldistribution of doctors across geographic areas, which has important effects on equity of access and health care costs. Many government programs and incentive schemes have been established to encourage doctors to practise in rural areas. However, there is little robust evidence of the effectiveness o ....

Globalising Policy Changes: Social Impacts in Two Australian Rural Towns

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Hallebone, Erica; Townsend, Mardie A; Mahoney, Mary E
  • Journal Name: Journal of Family Studies
  • Journal Number: Vol. 6, No. 2
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

This paper reports on a participatory research project conducted in two Victorian rural communities during 1998-1999: one Mallee town and one Western District town. The inspiration for this research came from the changes that have occurred in rural areas of Australia over the past two decades, together with the political neglect of ....

Governance and service delivery for remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory: challenges and opportunities

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Westbury, N; Sanders, W
  • Journal Name: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • Publisher: Australian National University
  • Published Location: Canberra, ACT
  • ISBN: 0731549058
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Northern Territory

This report attempts to identify a way forward on some of the challenging self-governance and service delivery issues facing governments and Aboriginal peoples, by identifying strategic opportunities for change and the development of more collaborative relationships. The authors provide some background on Aboriginal affairs reform ....

Governance Challenges for Northern Australia

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Allan Dale
  • Publisher: James Cook University, The Cairns Institute
  • Published Location: Cairns, QLD
  • ISBN: 978-0-9875922-1-7
  • Country: Australia

This paper outlines first why good governance for northern Australia is important to the nation. It details how things actually function in a pan-tropical sense, in northern Western Australia (WA), the Northern Territory (NT) and northern Queensland, and at regional and local scales. It then looks at how the north has been governed through the le ....

Governance for Agriculture Land Use in the Age of Globalization

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Cheng, C.; Cheng, K.; Wu, L.
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Management and Innovation
  • Journal Number: Vol.4, No.1
  • Publisher: I-Shuo Chen
  • Published Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Country: Taiwan

The appropriate role of the state in economic and social development has been much disputed in the past decades, with earlier ideas about an interventionist state under attack from a neo-liberal perspective rooted in the neo-classical economics which emphasis the superiority of the market forces. This force has led to the agriculture an ....

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