The current funding arrangements for local government are no longer fit for purpose.
The relative decline in core federal funding to local government has reduced the capacity of councils to develop and maintain services and infrastructure in their communities, which fuels the risk of reducing standards of living in those communities and across the nation.
Repair funding assistance to local government by restoring the quantum of Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1 per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue.
ECONOMIC BENEFIT: $1.42 billion cumulative Gross Domestic Product benefit by year 3 and 4,000 new jobs
Councils across Australia have banded together to support ALGA’s call for ‘1% + Partnership Programs’. This calls for the next Federal Government to restore core local government funding of Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1% of Commonwealth taxation revenue and add funding for partnership programs where agreed.