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Council performance

The Director of Local Government is responsible for publishing local government performance information through the Local Government Data, Analysis, Transparency, Accountability (LG DATA) project.

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


LG DATA aligns with the Tasmanian Government Open Data Policy 2016 and aims to:

  • improve the transparency and accountability of councils to their communities; and
  • identify opportunities for councils to improve their performance.

Access to raw council data

The Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection (CDC) is publicly accessible via the Land and Information System Tasmania (the LIST).

The CDC includes financial, infrastructure, human resources and planning data for Tasmania’s 29 councils. The data is in raw form and has been validated, but not analysed.

Find out more about the Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection, including how to access the datasets.

Data snapshots

LG DATA ‘snapshots’ analyse and present the data from the CDC (and other sources). Each snapshot includes information about a theme that is of interest to the public or the local government sector.

To provide comparisons between similar councils, information is grouped according to the Australian Classification of Local Governments (ACLG). This takes into account council size, population and density.

All snapshot data is sourced or derived from publicly available information, such as the Tasmanian Local Government Consolidated Data Collection, Tasmanian Auditor-General reports and Australian Bureau of Statistics catalogues.

Snapshot publications

LG DATA Rates Snapshot 2018-19 - published November 2020

Snapshot analyses key performance indicators to compare rates across Tasmanian councils.

LG DATA Rates Snapshot 2017-18 - published June 2019

The most recent snapshot analyses key performance indicators to compare rates across Tasmanian councils.

LG DATA Net Worth and Working Capital Snapshot as at June 2018 - published May 2019

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

LG DATA Population Trends - Tasmanian Local Government Areas 1993-2017 - published May 2019

This snapshot identifies and tracks key population trends, which are useful for informing future strategies to deal with predicted population growth or decline.

LG DATA Rates Snapshot 2016-17 - published July 2018

This first snapshot report focuses on rates, given the strong level of community interest in the subject.

Provide your feedback

The Director of Local Government welcomes feedback from the local government sector, other stakeholders and the broader Tasmanian community on suggestions for council performance indicators and focus areas of future data snapshots.

Provide your feedback by emailing

Past performance reports

Historically, the Tasmanian Government has worked closely with the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the Tasmanian Auditor-General to

  • develop an effective performance measurement framework; and
  • promote a culture of continuous improvement in local government.

Detailed performance and sustainability reports were produced by the Local Government Division, and more recently the Auditor-General. These reports included detailed comparative analysis for Tasmanian councils across a range of performance measures.

In recent years, the Auditor-General’s reporting approach has moved toward a broader sector analysis, with aggregated information based on rural and urban council classifications.

Performance reports published by the Local Government Division include

Reports from the Auditor-General can be found at

Resources and related information

More information

For more information about LG DATA and council performance contact the Local Government Division

  • phone 03 6232 7022