ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION
Policy priorities for the Association are largely established through two mechanisms; the first being the "Local Government Policy Statement", which articulates the key policy decisions taken collectively by councils at their annual general meeting each year; and the second via the high level strategic decisions taken by the LGAQ's Policy Executive through their annual meeting cycle.
The advocacy priorities of the Association are reflected in this Advocacy Action Plan and further supported by the LGAQ's Inter-governmental Relations Strategy. Reform of the Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Electoral Act 2011, significant industrial relations reforms, ongoing planning, environment and water sector reforms, greater emphasis on council efficiency and productivity, and major natural disaster events have all influenced LGAQ policy priorities in recent years.
The LGAQ's advocacy efforts will now focus on working collaboratively with the Palaszczuk Government as outlined in the "Partners in Government Agreement" and the implementation of commitments contained in the response to the Association’s State Election 10 Point Plan
The LGAQ vigorously promotes the importance of councils as the level of government closest to the community. We work with the State Government and councils on changes to the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010. We assist the State in regulatory renewal; contribute to planning and economic development reforms and water industry planning, and setting a framework for regional planning. The LGAQ also promotes local governments’ role in resource community planning and leads the development of new policy affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, such as alcohol management plans and land tenure arrangements.
At the national level, the LGAQ works with the Federal Government on issues including the reform of the federation, negotiating a sustainable funding arrangement for recovering from and mitigating the effects of natural disasters, securing an increased share of federal funding for Queensland councils through the review of the taxation system and remade regional funding programs.
In pursuing these activities, The LGAQ acts to build and maintain a close working relationship with the State and Federal Governments based on mutual respect, open and honest dialogue and recognition of our shared jurisdictions in serving the people of Queensland.
Attached is the LGAQ's 2015-16 Advocacy Action Plan which identifies the priority representation issues for the LGAQ over the next 12 month period.