Schedule of Hearings and Visits.
Under Section 11 of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995, a state is not entitled to receive its grants unless the state's local government grants commission has held public hearings in connection with the recommendations and permitted or required local governing bodies in the state, or associations of those bodies, to make submissions to it in connection with the recommendations.
In accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 requirement to hold public hearings the Commission holds advertised annual hearings in regional centres at which councils and the general public can attend. All councils are invited to participate in the consultation process and attend regional hearings.
In parallel with the annual hearings program, the Commission also conducts a rolling program of council visits. Each year the Commission offers approximately one third of all councils a visit by the Commission. This program is aimed at the Commission visiting every council at least once every three years.
In 2019, invitations for Commission visits are being issued to the following councils:
- South: Brighton Council, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Glenorchy City Council and Sorell Council
- North: Flinders Council, Northern Midlands Council, West Tamar Council
- North West: Burnie City Council, Circular Head Council and Kentish Council
Current Research Focus
The Commission issued to councils in December 2018 the following papers for discussion at the 2019 Hearings and Visits with councils:
Discussion Paper DP19-01 - SOCIO ECONOMIC FACTORS IN THE BASE GRANT MODEL -Proposal to replace the Unemployment Cost Adjustor with a SEIFA based Cost Adjustor;
Information Paper IP19 01 - 2019-22 Triennium Work Plan & Beyond;
Conversation Starter CS19-01 - Engagement with councils; and
Conversation Starter CS19 02 - Provision of Services to Non-Residents.
Written submissions on the papers are due by 1 February 2019.
Councils will also have the opportunity to provide verbal submissions, discuss their written submissions, and raise other matters of interest with the Commission at the 2019 Hearings and Visits. These are scheduled to occur during February - March 2019.
In addition to any discussion papers, work plans and any conversation starter topics prepared by the Commission, councils are always invited to raise other relevant issues with the Commission as part of the annual hearings and visits program.
For details on the outcome and decisions made by the Commission following the 2018 Hearings and Visits discussions, please refer to Section 4 of the State Grants Commission 2017-18 Annual Report Including 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grant Recommendations.
The Commission is also undertaking a review of its assumed road practices that underpin the Commission's Road Preservation Model. This review involves seeking feedback from IPWEA council engineers on updating the technical practices that are currently assumed in the Road Costing Model to reflect improvements in Road Construction and Maintenance practices. The Review is currently underway and is being coordinated through the Local Government Association of Tasmania.