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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Measuring Tasmanian Local Government Performance

In 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

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.

In December 2017, the Director of Local Government provided public access to the Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection, and in July 2018 published the first LG DATA Snapshot on rates, LG DATA Snapshot 2016-17, which is available to download.

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.

Further information

For further information or if you have any queries regarding LG DATA and local government performance, please contact the Local Government Division either by email to lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au or on (03) 6232 7022.