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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 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

Published in May 2019, Population Trends: Tasmanian Local Government Areas 1993-2017, 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 Population Trends Snapshot can be read in conjunction with the latest future population growth projections for Tasmanian Councils to 2042, 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 most recent Snapshot, Net Worth and Working Capital as at 30 June 2018, presents three performance indicators, net worth, working capital and working capital ratio, over time to show change within each council classification.

The snapshot 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.

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