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Local Government Anti-Poverty Initiatives - Circular 36.10

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Corporate Services Staff
Environmental Health Staff
Librarian - Information Staff
Parks and Recreation Staff
Planning - Building Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Date 6 September 2017
Contact Lea Bacon
Email: lea.bacon@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 29 September 2017
Summary The LGA is seeking examples of excellence in SA local government in order to update a report identifying a wide range of anti-poverty initiatives in councils. Responses are requested by 5pm Friday 29 September 2017.

In 2014 the LGA and Local Government Professionals (SA) Community Managers Network published a report identifying a wide range of anti-poverty initiatives in Councils.  We are now seeking to update this report with new examples of excellence in Anti-Poverty projects, programs and initiatives of local government in S.A. The aim of the project is to better inform our local government communities, other stakeholders and partners of the significance and variety of anti-poverty initiatives being undertaken in our communities.

Councils provide a wide variety of activities that contribute to lessening the impact of poverty on our communities. These range from offering discretionary rebates, concessions, remissions and a postponement of rates through to specific programs and services that provide support to individuals and families through community and neighbourhood development activities, aged care programs, programs for children and young people, and through advocacy and referral to other community organisations and government services.

In October 2016, The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) released a new report revealing that poverty is growing in Australia, with an estimated 2.9 million people or 13.3% of all people and 17.4% of all children living below the internationally accepted poverty line after taking account of housing costs. 

ACOSS identifies five primary causes or determinants of poverty which need to be addressed to ameliorate the levels of poverty in Australia.  These are:

  • Access to work and income;
  • Education and lifelong learning;
  • Affordable housing and shelter;
  • Health and wellbeing; and
  • Affordable services. 

Councils are asked to complete a survey, giving examples of excellence and are asked to identify the primary cause(s) that are being addressed by the examples you give. We would also like you to particularly focus on projects and programs that address:

  • Access and inclusion;
  • Collective Impact;
  • Wellbeing and Resilience; and
  • Regional Health Planning.

We ask Councils to please assist by responding to the survey by cob Friday 29 September.

Any questions about the survey or this work can be directed to Ms Bronwyn Webster, Consultant via email: bwebster01@dodo.com.au or phone: 0409 789 770.

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