Country local governments will benefit from $5.4 million in funding to support innovation and strengthen performance.
The two-year funding through the Royalties for Regions Country Local Government Fund will be invested in a series of initiatives through the Department of Local Government and Communities' (DLGC) capacity building program.
The investment will help councils to improve service delivery and build on community partnerships..
The projects in this round of funding include:
- Support for local governments to develop closer links with community organisations and improve their understanding of community development.
- A program to attract and retain more young people into local government careers.
- Provision of an online management information tool and a governance review.
- A review of levels of service to ensure community needs are met.
Since 2013, DLGC's capacity building program has provided more than $10 million in support for local councils.
The program is designed to build the capacity of the local government sector by identifying and promoting best practice and increasing regulatory compliance.