Supporting local governments to plan, service, finance and build strong communities.
We provide a range of services that support the local government sector.
Below are projects we've worked on with local government.
More is more: Alternative sources of income for rural councils
In this article, we explore rural councils' challenges as they strive to diversify their income sources and overcome persistent funding issues caused by their small, scattered populations. We delve into the proposed income-generating solutions and emphasise the crucial need for substantial support from federal and state governments, including revisions to critical funding mechanisms, such as the minimum general purpose grant allocation, to ensure the financial stability of rural councils and sustain their vital community roles.
The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries across Victoria
Research conducted for the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria reveals that the positive impacts of public libraries on communities, including improved health and well-being, outweigh their costs by a factor of two. This research shows that Victorians who engage with public libraries report better health and well-being, with an average annual value of $73.10 per adult, resulting in a net annual benefit of $234.7 million for the community, surpassing the annual costs.
Australian local government workforce skills and capability
A 2022 national survey conducted for the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) by SGS found that 90% of Australian councils grapple with job and skills shortages, especially in engineering roles. Local governments anticipate a growing need for digital and renewable energy skills and face workforce attrition, recruitment, and diversity challenges.
Local government productivity report
SGS and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) submitted a report representing Australia's 537 local governments to the Productivity Commission's Productivity Inquiry. The report emphasised the crucial role of local government in boosting national productivity. It found that local government faces financial constraints, despite increasing demand for services, with limited investment and poor policy settings hindering their ability to contribute effectively to the economy and maintain local assets and services.
Whittlesea gender equity in employment analysis
SGS and the City of Whittlesea, partnered to identify gender inequality in local employment opportunities for women, driven by limited job options and geographical constraints. Our collaborative effort involved data analysis and consultations with external partners. This initiative aims to shape the creation of more accessible and relevant jobs, advocate for systemic change, and indirectly impact factors such as flexible work arrangements and transportation in the region.
Ballarat Creative City Strategy
SGS collaborated with the City of Ballarat to develop a Creative City Strategy and Masterplan. The strategy aims to strengthen Ballarat's identity as a creative city over the next two decades, emphasising creative industries, cultural participation, economic growth, and a world-class creative precinct. The council unanimously adopted it in May 2019 and received awards in 2019 and 2020.
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