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The 17 indicators were established by the Premier's Local Government Council (PLGC) in December 2011 after extensive consultation with the local government sector and stakeholders to measure local government performance in the following four key local government areas:
Five of the indicators have associated benchmarks against which council performance can be assessed. For the remaining 12 indicators, targets or benchmarks may be set in the future, of performance will be assessed in terms of trends over time.
A detailed summary of the indicators (PDF) is available to download, as well as further information on the background to the development of the indicators (PDF).
The PLGC has overseen the development of the indicators with the view that measuring council performance against indicators will:
The Sustainability Objectives and Indicators project was reviewed in 2014. An review report made a series of recommendations to improve the project going forward. An advisory group has been established to assist with the implementation of the recommendations in the report.
The Local Government Performance Report for 2013-14 Financial year provides a summary of the performance of Tasmania's councils in terms of financial and asset management and planning and development for the 2013-14 financial year.
The Local Government Performance Report for 2012-13 Financial Year provides a summary of the performance of Tasmania's councils against 17 sustainability and objectives indicators for the 2012-13 financial year.
The 2011-12 Sustainability Objectives and Indicators Report on Tasmanian councils was noted by the PLGC at its May 2013 meeting. The Report provides a summary of Tasmanian councils' performance in terms of financial management, asset management and planning and development.
In May 2012 a series of presentations were held on the last 10 years of local government data collected from the Local Government Division data collection process. A copy of the State of the Sector Presentation can be downloaded.
Data for the sustainability indicators and the state of the local government presentation is collected through the annual consolidated data collection and the bi-annual Local Government Association of Tasmania Statewide Community Survey. The Local Government Division has developed a Data Management Plan (PDF, 530KB) to formalise arrangements, policies, procedures and rules governing the collection, management and use of data collected through the consolidated data collection.