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LG Research & Development Scheme Projects

The Local Government Research and Development Scheme funds specific projects that are "strategically for the benefit of Local Government as a whole". Since 1998, research funded by this Scheme has delivered real benefits to SA communities, in the form of increased efficiencies, improved service delivery, and greater accountability. Full project details can be accessed by visting the LGA members page here.

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2018 Council elections (2018.10)
Provide councils with necessary support and resources to prepare and implement their own campaigns for the enrol, nominate and vote phases
Administration of Scheme (25.01.01)
Allocation to use the Scheme funds to manage its operations. Funds are used to remunerate the Executive Officer, for printing, distribution of information, marketing, clerical support and other administrative matters.
Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Adaptation Activities (2016.23)
Forwarding research into alternative means of providing funding to councils for local (on-the-ground) delivery of Regional Adaptation Plan priorities.
An Elected Member training pathway (2017.16)
Develop a training pathway offering Elected Members the opportunity to upgrade the current mandatory Elected Member Training Standard to the national qualification of 'Elected Member Skill Set'.
Annual Revision of Model Financial Statements (2015.54)
Revision of the Model Financial Statements for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 financial years
Boundary Reform Processes (2018.04)
to develop guidance materials and provide support to councils regarding new boundary reform and amalgamation processes that commence on 1 January 2019.
BRIMS Stage 2 (2017.68)
To undertake a 'proof-of-concept' study for bushfire management action plan software
Business Analytics (2016.17)
To pilot the utilisation of business analytic skills in the development and delivery of LGA strategic objectives.
CEO Appraisal Process - Code of Practice (2014.15)
To develop a Code of Practice for the conduct of CEO appraisals in consultation with consultants, Councils and the LGMA.
China Sword Policy (2018.14)
Local Government market analysis and updating of model waste contract templates, due to the impact of the China 'National Sword' policy on recycling services in SA
Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Guidance (2017.02)
Aspects of existing guidance to be updated include: * Synthesis of current coastal adaptation tools (and ID of relevant info); * Climate projections (issues and threats); * Responsibilities and limitations; * Policy options; * Decision making pathways; * Financial modelling guidelines; * Decision support tool
Community Engagement (2017.15)
(A) Develop Elected Member Training in Community Engagement including understanding of the practices and techniques (face-to-face and on line) that support sustainable outcomes; and (B) Provide a tool to measure the outcome of community engagement on annual budget preparation.
Community Wellbeing Alliance - two regional trials (2017.60)
To enhance the health and wellbeing of regional communities, through the recruitment of Community Wellbeing Officers, working in co-operation with regional councils
Community Wellbeing Monitor (2017.04)
Develop a sector-wide Community Wellbeing Monitor to contribute to shaping the work of the Community Wellbeing Alliance (under development with SA Health); inform Regional Public Health Planning requirements, and be a resource for State and Local Governments to understand SA community wellbeing.
Coordinated Climate Change Response (25.04.49)
To develop a coordinated LG approach to climate change to enable a logical and confident move towards: - adapting to the long term physical impact of climate change - reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their carbon footprint - providing much needed leadership and capacity building to manage climate change risk and opportunity.
Council Emergency Management Capacity (2015.06)
The project will be conducted in 2 parts: 1) The development of resources and tools to assist Councils perform the function of mitigating the impact of disasters on their communities as specified in s 7(d) of the LG Act such as: Incident management protocols; Inter-Council resource protocols; Community recovery planning resources; and Review of i-Responda. 2) the promotion to Councils of the existence of the resources
Development and evaluation of economic development measures (2017.66)
to establish measures that can be used to evaluate economic development programs, and provide evidence to inform council decisions on resource commitments
Disaster Ready (2016.32)
Development of a template for Local Government disaster recovery planning in South Australia which can be adapted to suit local needs. 2) Development of a District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula Community Disaster Recovery Plan.
EARS Enhancement (2017.01)
Enable EARS (Emergency Assessment Reporting System) to push data in real time to State disaster damage assessment platform
e-Learning development (2017.14)
To extend 'e-learning development' for another 12 months to deliver high quality, flexible online training programs specific to LG needs, with benefits in: (a) Reduced travel and out-of-office time; (b) Reduced costs, (c) Self-paced training; (d) Relevant and engaging methodology; (e) Available 24x7
Emergency Management Development Program (2018.07)
To develop a resource for elected members and Staff to inform what emergencies management development opportunities are available and recommended for their roles
Emergency Management Online Training Resources (2017.67)
to customise and consolidate emergency services training resources, assisting councils to improve support to communities in emergencies
Enhanced Climate Risk Assessment and Decision Making (2016.27)
Improving the risk assessment and decision making processes of councils long-term financial planning.
Evidence to inform advocacy for a Strategic Population Policy (2017.08)
Obtain an understanding of population trends in SA, to inform planning policies. This is particularly relevant for regional councils, where depopulation is leading to reduction in services, jobs and community wellbeing.
Exploring non-usage of Aquatic and Recreation Centres in Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Community Groups (2017.64)
to engage with non-users of aquatic and recreation Centres, notably from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, to gain insights into barriers, and thereby assist councils with information to improve public health and community wellbeing.
Financial Sustainability & Rate Revenue (2016.07)
Financial Sustainability research & advice, including on expected proposals that would impact on rate revenue.
Financial Sustainability Updates (2018.09)
Checking, revising and updating each one of the LGA'S 21 existing Financial Sustainability Information Papers to reflect recent changes in legislation, good practice and relevant standards.
Governance (2016.09)
Research needs of "Council of the Future" & "Boundary Reform/Regional Governance" & "LGA Board Governance".
Governance Review, Phase 2 (2018.05)
Coinciding with a new LGA Constitution, the second phase of LGA governance reforms.
GST Review of Local Government Fees and Charges (2015.52)
To collate a state-wide fees and charges list and obtain a GST Class Ruling from the ATO for the application of all collated fees and charges.
Human Services Reform and Funding (2016.12)
The sector is now faced with having to review its role in the delivery of Human Services and seek alternative funding sources to continue to deliver community outcomes.
Implications of capital investment for licensed council water retailers (2015.38)
To review the price implications of required capital investment recovery on participating Council CWMS and water supply businesses.
i-Responda - app (2016.21)
To develop a set of aide-memiore for i-Responda trained Councils & Council staff to use during emergencies that are mobile friendly and can be installed on a phone or mobile device for easy access during an emergency
LG Elections 2018, Support and Promotion (2017.07)
To enable the LGA to meet its statutory and best practice obligations for local government elections scheduled for November 2018 The project will also respond to recommendations set out in the 2016 Review of the LGA’s 2014 Local Government Election Processes.
LG Workforce Alignment (2017.13)
To pursue a common alignment of the 11,000 strong local government workforce, with specialist IR/HR advice. To obtain legal advice on how existing industrial instruments (State Awards & council enterprise agreements) might be migrated to a Sector wide agreement.
LGA Outreach Services 2017-18 (2017.09)
Continue, for another 12 months, the LGA's Outreach Services Program to regional Local Government Associations
LGA Schemes Review - Phase 2 (2017.10)
Continue the LGA Schemes Review governance arrangements, in three key areas being: (a) review of the Finity Batt Report to determine matters for discussion; (b) define and implement change strategy; and (c) develop and implement a suite of improved governance arrangements in line with Finity Batt and Auditor General Reports
Live Music Resources (2017.73)
to develop resources to assist councils to prepare Live Music Policies and Live Music Action Plans
Local Excellence Expert Panel Research (2014.17)
A project to support the exploration of issues identified in the Excellence Expert Panel's final report. These issues include: *Models and arrangements for regional structures and partnerships including functions, roles and responsibilities *Intergovernmental relationships and machinery of government considerations and implementation *Financial sustainability and accountability *Training and capacity building *Community governance including the role of council committees and other structures and technologies *Legislative reviews
Local Government Awareness Raising (2015.55)
To create long-term brand awareness for Local Government to reinforce engagement by communities with Councils, to support Council efforts in this area
Long Term Financial Plan Model Review and Update (2016.44)
Review and update of LTFP Model for South Australian Councils
Model Bike Share Scheme Policy and Procedure (2018.08)
A recommended LG framework for regulating bicycle sharing schemes; to cater for public demand, by facilitating take-up, while minimising any risk and inconvenience to the public
NDIS impact on Metropolitan local governments (2017.55)
Analyse the impact on metropolitan local government of the NDIS, and recommend both service provision models and economic development opportunities
NDIS impacts on regional local governments (2017.56)
To identify the likely socio-economic impacts of the NDIS on regional SA, including service gaps for regional communities and opportunities for local government partnership approaches
Payment to the Remuneration Tribunal for Setting Council Member Allowances (2018.12)
The LGA is required by legislation to reimburse the Remuneration Tribunal for its reasonable costs in making a determination for setting Council Member Allowances. The Remuneration Tribunal will make determinations by 4 September 2018.
Places & Spaces - Facility Booking System for Councils (2016.39)
To undertake a formal requirements analysis and technical design of an across-Council facility booking application for Local Government, a feasibility study into developing the product and the development of a non-functional prototype
Planning Reform Implementation program (2016.03)
To provide Councils with the necessary tools and enablers to be able to administer and implement the new planning reforms.
Planning Reform Implementation Project (2015.07)
This project is required to support Local Government's engagement with the State Government during the implementation of Planning Reform.
Procurement Manual for Councils (2014.55)
Since production of the LGAP Procurement Handbook in 2012 Councils have increasingly requested a more operationally focussed manual that builds in more detail on the handbook. The manual will act as a "standard" which all Councils will follow but allow them the flexibility to use specific to their needs policies and procedures as appropriate.
Rating equity for commercial and or industrial land uses outside towns (2017.53)
To investigate & recommend how commercial or industrial land uses within predominantly rural areas should be treated in a Council’s rating policy (& whether any legislative reform is required) to balance the principles of taxation, including equity between ratepayers
Realignment of the Hills Rail Corridor: Cost Benefit Scoping Study (2016.36)
A scoping study into the issues, options, costs and benefits associated with the realignment of the Hills rail corridor.
Regional Capacity Building Allocation (25.02.34)
Funding to enable annual 'capacity building' allocations to be made to each of the Regional LGAs and the Metropolitan LG Group.
Removal of organic chemicals from water by aquifer filtration in managed aquifer recharge schemes (2016.53)
to determine the ability of aquifer substrates to remove selected chemicals of concern from stormwater injectant, contributing to the management of risk prior to reuse.
Resource Implications for Administering the Environmental Protection Act (25.04.23)
To assess the institutional and resources implications of Local Government undertaking full administration of the Environment Protection Act 1993 in relation to non-licensed premises.
Review of R&D project finalisation documentation and evaluation mechanisms (2018.13)
A review of LGR&DS project finalisation documentation to ascertain whether there is any apparent systemic failure, and analyse the potential costs and benefits of a range of more rigorous and transparent evaluationmechanisms that might apply to future project application
Review of water management legislation & policy (2017.06)
Examine legislation to determine gaps that restrict the development of appropriate flood mitigation strategies. This will feed into the Flood Reform Taskforce and allow LG to present alternatives to meet stakeholder needs in managing flood and stormwater.
Rubble Royalties (2016.10)
To identify the specific impacts of the rubble royalty payment on council road networks in making the business case for removal.
Social Media and Communications Training (2017.72)
to create a new program structure with updated resources for Social Media and Communications
Strategic Investment Plan for Future Proofing Infrastructure (2017.03)
Develop a strategic investment plan to predict and budget for damage to critical infrastructure as a result of extreme events and observed changes in the climate. Liaise with IPWEA to consider applicability to NAMS+
Strategic Procurement Policy (2016.22)
Development of a procurement policy based on local economic development objectives.
Street lighting (alternatives) (2016.01)
A business case study of alternative arrangements, which might permit some street lighting (and other services) to be provided while bypassing or minimising SAPN’s proposed SLUOS charges.
Supporting Local Government Reform (2016.04)
To undertake research, develop policies, guidelines, templates and toolkits to implement positive reform that is in the interest of councils and communities.
The Role of Public Toilets in Mobility and Social Inclusion (2016.56)
How provision of toilets influences the well being of different demographic groups outside of their homes; a qualitative investigation and field survey
Training Needs Analysis (2017.52)
To develop a training needs analysis report and corresponding training plan, as well as a benchmark for vocational education and training in the local government sector
Trial and Implementation of the RAVRAT (2017.57)
To conduct a two-year trial to test the applicability, to councils in South Australia, of the Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool (RAVRAT),
Update Voters Roll Practice Manual (2017.65)
To update, simplify and restructure the 2010 Voters Roll Practice manual prepared by SAIRA, and improve its usage
Updated Procurement Resources (2018.01)
to assist councils to modernise their procurement practices, to provide better value for money and to reduce risk
Valuing Social Outcomes (2016.42)
To conduct international research on defining, ascribing value to, and articulating social outcomes to inform development of a toolkit to support evidence-based decision making and statements of social return regarding the community initiatives of SA councils.

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