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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Measuring Tasmanian Local Government Performance

Consolidated data collection

The Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection, also known as the CDC, contains data that the Local Government Division has been collecting from Tasmanian councils annually since 2000.

The CDC covers finances, infrastructure, roads and bridges, land use planning, human resources and disability access. A snapshot of CDC data for each council is provided on the Tasmanian Land and Information System’s LISTmap.

The full data collection is provided to end users such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the State Grants Commission, the Department of Justice's Planning Policy Unit and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

In December 2017, CDC data was made available in full to the public via the Open Data portal on the LIST (scroll down to find Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection (CDC) to find downloads for the consolidated data repository or for an individual council). This data was made open as part of the Local Government Division’s Local Government Data, Analysis, Transparency, Accountability (‘LG DATA’) project.

Users of CDC data should be aware that the financial data in the collection is externally validated against the council's audited financial statements. Other data is checked for completeness only. More information about using CDC data can be found in the metadata record on the open data page at LISTdata.

All queries about the data contained in the CDC should be directed to the individual council concerned.

Sustainability and objectives indicators

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:

  • financial management;
  • asset management;
  • land-use planning; and
  • community satisfaction.

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:

  1. improve performance management at the local council level;
  2. develop a culture of continuous improvement in the local government sector; and
  3. provide a tool to build a sustainable local government Sector.

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.

Local Government Performance Report for 2013-14 Financial year

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.

Local Government Performance Report for 2012-13 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.

2011 -12 Sustainability Objectives and Indicators Report

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.

State of the local government sector

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 management

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.

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