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Collaboration between the State Government and local government

The State Government and local government currently enjoy a strong, open and productive working relationship. Cooperation at the political and officer levels is normal business. There are good networks, there is good will and there are good outcomes as a result.

In December 2011, the Premier's Local Government Council, a high-level forum for discussions between the State Government and local government, endorsed the State Government's Framework for Collaboration with Local Government . The framework was developed to guide collaboration on high-level strategic issues at the statewide level, through to day-to-day issues at the local level.

As outlined in the framework, collaboration between the State Government and local government is supported by:

Local Government Division - Relationship management with local government

Relationship management is the Local Government Division's (LGD) approach to pro-actively assisting councils to deal with issues at the local level.

Relationship management involves representatives from the LGD visiting every council at least twice a year.  The purpose of the visits are two-fold:

  • to convey to councils information on the activities of the LGD and the Premier's Local Government Council; and
  • to listen to, and assist in the resolution of, issues faced by councils.

Following each meeting, the LGD works with agencies and councils to resolve the issues raised by councils.

Follow up activity might include:

  • providing information/feedback to Tasmanian Government Departments on behalf of councils;
  • seeking information from Departments for reference back to councils;
  • providing contact details of appropriate State representatives to councils; and/or
  • facilitating meetings between State and council officers.

For further information on collaboration between the State Government and local government or if you have an issue that you would like help resolving or an idea you would like to discuss please contact the Local Government Division at:

Local Government Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: 03 6232 7022
Fax: 03 6233 5685
Email: lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au