The value in LGA membership
All councils benefit from working together.
When local governments in South Australia come together to solve problems, tackle challenges and collaborate, great things happen. Communities benefit, issues get resolved and councils save money. It all starts by having a strong and united voice.
As the voice of local government in South Australia, the LGA SA’s strategic plan has been broken down to three focus areas:
Advocate: Achieve greater influence for local government in matters affecting councils and communities.
Assist: Working with member councils to build capacity and increase sustainability. An integrated and coordinated local government.
Advance: Facilitate continuous improvement in councils and the LGA.
Not all of these activities result in an identifiable saving or cost offset to councils, but many do. The LGA contracted an independent consultant, UHY Haynes Norton to calculate the value of services to councils where possible, and also identify non-cash benefits. This report will be reviewed every year to ensure that the LGA continues to deliver value to its members.
The LGA of South Australia Value of Membership - 2018 has mapped these financial benefits across nine areas of activity: insurance, LGFA, procurement, governance, workforce, online services, research and development scheme, advocacy, and support for councillors.
The latest report confirms that the average estimated annual benefit to members is just over $2 million per council.
A full copy of the report outlining the LGA’s value proposition can be accessed here: LGA Value of Membership Report April 2018(1326 kb)