Part 4: Activities
Local Government Program
Through the Local Government Program (Program 3.2), the department:
- delivered and managed the Financial Assistance Grant program
- administered the National Awards for Local Government
The program contributed to one of our purposes: supporting regional development and local communities.
Financial Assistance Grant program
In 2017–18 the department administered $2.4 billion through the Financial Assistance Grant program in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. These funds support more equitable levels of local government services delivery across Australia.
National Awards for Local Government
The department delivered the 33rd annual National Awards for Local Government during the year, recognising, rewarding and promoting the innovative work of local governments across Australia. In May 2018, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP announced 2018 award winners across 10 categories, showcasing local government projects that demonstrate leading practice, deliver improved outcomes, and have the potential to be rolled out across the country and make a meaningful difference for communities.
Transport and Infrastructure Council asset registers
See the Infrastructure Investment section of this report.
Supplementary Local Roads Funding for South Australia
The department administered $20.0 million through the Supplementary Local Roads Funding for South Australia program. South Australia is responsible for 11.7 per cent of national local roads and currently receives 5.5 per cent of total local road funding under the Financial Assistance Grant program. Supplementary Local Roads Funding for South Australia is in addition to funding provided through the Financial Assistance Grant program and Roads to Recovery program. It aims to ensure that Australian Government funding is more appropriate to the level of local road maintenance required.
Summary of expenses
For a summary of expenses please refer to Local Government Program (Program 3.2) at Appendix A.