Centre for Local Government

Mission Statement

"To provide an umbrella organisation for activities of the University of New England that are relevant to local government so as to facilitate support, service, education and leadership to all sectors of local government in Australia. This is achieved through four core areas of activities: education, professional development, consultancy and research."

The Centre for Local Government is a multi-disciplinary centre for research, consultancy and education activities. The Centre currently has more than thirty members and associates. Administrative and financial oversight is provided by the Director. A three-person Management Committee is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the Centre, and for ensuring the carriage of individual areas of activity of the Centre. The Centre employs part-time research assistants for specific projects, and welcomes visiting scholars and local government professionals. 

Our purpose

The Centre seeks to provide support, service, education and leadership to all sectors of local government in Australia. This is achieved through four core areas of activities:

  • Research
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Professional Development.

The Centre is interested in negotiating with industry partners for further grants under the Federal Government's grants programs.

In fulfilling our mission, the Centre for Local Government:

  • works in conjunction with all faculties of UNE, the Australian Local Government Association, the NSW Local Government and Shires Association, Local Government Managers Australia, the 22 regional councils of the New England region and other local government bodies servicing the needs of local government within NSW and Australia with a view to providing the most comprehensive and co-operative structure to assist local authorities
  • encourages and supports the development of research into issues affecting local government both at UNE and by linking with other Australian and international universities, associations and centres dedicated to research and development in local government; and
  • involves people working in local government with the activities of the Centre in order to develop a partnership between local councils, researchers, consultants and education providers.

Our publications

The Centre for Local Government produces a number of publications each year, including: 

Contact

Contact the Centre's Director: Professor Brian Dollery