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Measuring Tasmanian Local Government Performance

LGIn August 2017, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, issued the Director of Local Government with a direction under the Local Government Act 1993 to publish local government performance information.

The Local Government Data, Analysis, Transparency, Accountability (LG DATA) project forms a key part of the Director’s response to the Minister’s direction.


LG DATA has dual objectives, to:

  • enhance transparency and accountability of local government performance; and
  • help councils to identify opportunities to improve performance.

As such, the two streams of LG DATA are to:

  • publish raw, open datasets from the Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection (CDC) for public use; and
  • publish performance reports on areas of interest to the community and local government sector.

The LG DATA project is designed to complement the work of the Auditor-General, who produces annual reports on local government financial sustainability.

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All data acquired, stored, distributed and published by the Local Government Division is done in accordance with the Local Government Division’s Data Management Plan.

The Data Management Plan has been developed in line with the Government’s Stats Matters Strategy, Open Data Policy, and ICT Strategy, all of which can be accessed at the Office of eGovernment.

LG DATA Publications and related information

The most recent snapshot analyses key performance indicators to compare rates across Tasmanian councils. It builds on data from the Rates Snapshot 2016-17, which was published in 2018. The snapshot compares the performance indicators of average rate per rateable property, rate revenue to operating revenue, and operating costs per rateable property.

This snapshot examines the financial performance indicators of net worth, working capital and working capital ratio to show change over time in and between councils within each council classification. It is designed to complement the work of the Auditor-General, whose most recent report on local government financial statements examined the cash expense cover ratio of councils to assess whether the level of unrestricted cash held by each council was appropriate. The Report of the Auditor-General No 5 of 2018-19 - Auditor-General's Report on the Financial Statements of State Entities Volume 3, Local Government Authorities 2017-18 is available to view and download.

This snapshot identifies and tracks key population trends, which are useful for informing future strategies to deal with predicted population growth or decline. The snapshot can be used to form part of the backdrop to the ongoing discussion on the viability and sustainability of Tasmanian councils.

The snapshot can be read in conjunction with the latest future population growth projections for Tasmanian Councils to 2042, The 2019 Population Projections Tasmania and Local Government Areas, published by the Department of Treasury and Finance. These projections, combined with the historical analysis undertaken by the Local Government Division, provide a good insight into future population trends, challenges and opportunities at the regional and individual council level.

The first snapshot published by the Director of Local Government focusses on rates, given the strong level of community interest in the subject. Three performance indicators, average rate per rateable property, rate revenue to operating revenue, and operating costs per rateable property are chosen to asses rate changes over time in a between councils. Data is presented for 2009-10 (baseline year), 2014-15 (five year interval) and 2016-17 (latest available data).

More information

For more information or for any queries regarding LG DATA and local government performance, contact the Local Government Division:

  • phone 03 6232 7022