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 will be 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 intends to issue to councils, by January 2019, a discussion paper reflecting further research on socio-economic/demographic matters. The discussion paper is expected to include the results of:
- further research into SEIFA and a comparison with unemployment data over a long period to better understand the implications of moving to this index;
- a review of other state grant commissions methodologies to see what socio-economic cost adjustors are used and how; and
- initial research into the impact of varying socio-economic factors on council expenditure.
Written submissions on the Discussion Paper will be due in 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 will be 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.
During 2018-19, the Commission also expects to undertake a review of its assumed road practices that underpin the Road Preservation Model. The Review will focus on updating the technical practices that are currently assumed in the Road Costing Model to reflect improvements in road construction and maintenance practices.