About the LGA
The Local Government Association (LGA) of South Australia is a membership organisation which provides quality service and leadership relevant to the needs of member Councils.
Membership of the Association is voluntary and all Councils under the Local Government Act are members along with Anangu Pitjantjatjara. Associate members include Nepabunna Aboriginal Community, Gerard Aboriginal Community and the Outback Areas Community Development Trust. The LGA is primarily funded by member subscriptions, and Councils receive many direct and indirect benefits as a result of being a member of the Association.
The LGA is recognised as the peak representative body for Local Government in this State and prides itself on being the Voice of Local Government South Australia. The Association provides leadership to Councils and representation outwards to State and Federal governments and other key stakeholders. For more information about Local Government click here - Local Government in SA.
The LGA is federated nationally with interstate and territory associations in the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).
The LGA is also supported by the Parliament of South Australia in Schedule 1 to the Local Government Act 1999.
The mission of the LGA is to provide leadership to Councils for the benefit of the South Australian community.
To achieve this mission the Association has set itself three key initiatives areas:
- Leadership and advocacy: Achieving greater influence for local government in matters affecting councils and communities.
- Capacity building and sustainability: Working with member councils to build capacity and increase sustainability. An integrated and coordinated local government.
- Best practice and continuous improvement: Facilitating continuous improvement in councils and the LGA.
Services provided to member Councils by the LGA are determined by members through the LGA Board and General Meetings. Core activities have always been focused on lobbying State Government on legislative issues and both State and Federal governments in relation to Council funding. A wide range of services are offered through external funding, the Local Government Research & Development Scheme or via direct fee for service arrangements to Councils.
Each year, under its constitution, the LGA conducts both a Ordinary General Meeting and an Annual General Meeting. The purpose of these meetings is for members to determine the policy direction of the Association. Each member Council appoints a delegate to vote at these meetings. Votes are weighted relative to the population size of each Council. Agendas and Minutes for each OGM and AGM can be found here: OGM/AGM meeting info.
Once policies have been set by the meeting, the LGA Board, with the assistance of the LGA Secretariat, guides their implementation.
The policies and principles adopted by the Association are outlined in the LGA's Policy Manual. This manual, along with the Association's Constitution, Strategic Plan, Annual Priorities and Annual Report are available via this link www.lga.sa.gov.au/goto/corpdocs.
The LGA provides assistance, advice and support to Councils across an increasingly broad range of areas. It is therefore important that the Association sets priorities to meet the needs of all our members. These priorities are not set in stone, as the needs and priorities of Councils, communities and other governments change the LGA must have the flexibility to respond appropriately.
Keeping Members Informed
Providing members with up-to-date information is a key priority for the Association. Member Councils are kept informed of matters of importance via weekly LGA Circulars and a monthly newsletter titled LGA News. Members also have access to a wealth of relevant information electronically on the News page via this link /goto/News.
To best serve the needs of its members, the Association is governed by the LGA Board. The eighteen member committee consists of Council Members who are elected to represent their geographical region of Councils. Committee Members serve for a two year period. Agendas and Minutes for each LGA Board meeting can be found here: LGA Board meeting info.
Examples of recent LGA activities resulting in positive outcomes for Councils include:
- Producing guidelines and manuals to assist Councils in areas such as financial sustainability, governance and environmental matters;
- Campaigning vigorously to protect and enhance grants provided by the Federal and State Governments (eg local roads and community waste water management);
- Ensuring consultation with Local Government on legislation and related issues;
- Submissions and lobbying on major Federal and State Government inquiries;
- Negotiating a bulk electricity purchase contract in partnership with the State Government, saving Councils $1.2 M per annum;
- Staging major conferences, education, training workshops and forums on matters relevant and topical to Local Government; and
- Supporting a website content management system and common online services arrangements for Councils to maintain a robust internet presence while sharing costs.
Led by the Chief Executive Officer, the LGA Secretariat consists of a small team of skilled employees who provide support to the LGA Board and carry out activities determined by Councils at LGA General Meetings.
The duties of the Secretariat include:
- Liaising with government agencies on sector-wide issues on behalf of Councils;
- Lobbying Members of Parliament in accordance with LGA Board directions;
- Working with the media to improve understanding of Local Government;
- Support for Local Government and LGA enterprises;
- Undertaking research to assist in policy development and decision making;
- Developing codes and guidelines designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Council operations;
- Providing information to Councils;
- Providing Councils with education and training support; and
- Offering an industrial advisory service.
For more information about the LGA, including its Annual Report, Strategic Plan, Constitution, and membership of its LGA Board use the drop-down menu from "About the LGA" or select the appropriate links.
The LGA has an office at 148 Frome Street, Adelaide and its switchboard is (08) 8224 2000. Click on Contact Us for more contact information.