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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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ADAC Implementation Benefits for SA (2014.45)
An investigation into options for Developers, Designers, Surveyors and South Australian Councils to implement the Asset Design & As Constructed (ADAC) framework and data specification for fast digital lodgement of infrastructure asset design and as-constructed data. Benefits include a large reduction in time checking designs and manually keying asset information plus more accurate financial forecasts and planning for asset management.
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'.
An Empirical Assessment of Rate-pegging for South Australian Local Government (2016.58)
A comparative analysis between SA and NSW local government to determine whether almost four decades of municipal tax limits in NSW had produced any measurable differences in equity, sustainability or efficiency relative to SA
Annual Revision of Model Financial Statements (2015.54)
Revision of the Model Financial Statements for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 financial years
Approaches to integrated economic development (2016.57)
To demonstrate how councils can achieve economic development objectives within existing organisational frameworks and work towards a resource-efficient and strategic approach to local economic development.
Audit Committee (2016.05)
To support the operation of the LGA’s Audit Committee for the 2016/2017 year.
Audit of Energy Efficiency Activities (across the SA Local Government Sector) (2016.33)
Cost-effective solutions are required for investment in low emissions technologies (the driver being the requirement to affect the changeover to more efficient LED streetlights).
Authorised Persons web resources (2017.12)
Review and revise the LGA’s Authorised Persons web pages to assist councils with managing authorisations under a range of statutes.
Building Upgrade Finance Implementation (2016.26)
Contribution to the development of the operational framework from the scheme.
Bushfire Management Area Planning (2015.15)
LGA Board resolution 21 Nov 2013 BO211113/8.6 That the LGA Board endorses, subject to SAFECOM receiving appropriate funding, an allocation of $50,000 from the LGR&DS as an LGA contribution to the SA Bushfire Management Planning Program. The Bushfire Management Planning program introduces a systematic risk based process that identifies and maps assets at risk from bushfire to inform the preparation of Bushfire Management Area Plans (BMAPs) for the State.
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.
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 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
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
Enhanced Climate Risk Assessment and Decision Making (2016.27)
Improving the risk assessment and decision making processes of councils long-term financial planning.
Enhancing Professionalism in Environmental Health (2016.52)
A framework (based on existing Authorised Persons framework) to support environmental health teams meet human resources needs and raise team standards following recent significant legislative changes impacting on the environmental health business unit.
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.
Eyre Peninsula Regional Strategic Plan (2016.35)
Preparation of a single Regional Strategic Plan with an agreed vision and regional priorities endorsed by regional organisations and the three spheres of government.
Feasibility Study for Low Emissions Investment (2016.28)
Leverage of funding from the Federal Government to maximise opportunities for low emissions investment.
Financial Sustainability & Rate Revenue (2016.07)
Financial Sustainability research & advice, including on expected proposals that would impact on rate revenue.
Governance (2016.09)
Research needs of "Council of the Future" & "Boundary Reform/Regional Governance" & "LGA Board Governance".
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.
Guidelines to plan climate change actions and identify monitoring needs (2016.45)
to develop guidelines for Councils to plan climate change actions and identify monitoring needs.
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.
Infrastructure Guidelines (2015.45)
To provide guidance for civil infrastructure works undertaken by Councils and developers, to assist in standardising development submissions and expedite Councils' engineering approvals.
Infrastructure Partnership (2016.60)
Administrative support for the State-Local Government Infrastructure Investment Partnership
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
i-Responda – resource & contact management system (2016.20)
Create a resource & contact management system to enhance the i-Responda program
Leadership Competency Framework Development (2015.28)
To develop a Local Government Leadership Competency Framework against which training and development needs and gaps can be mapped.
Legislative Reforms for the Local Government Act (2015.13)
to develop a scoping document, for use in discussions with the Premier and Minister for Local Government on the scope for State/Local Government Reform; including proposals for (a) Legislative change; (b) Support programs for Councils; (c) intergovernmental reforms; and (d) other initiatives
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 (2016.06)
To position local government for the future by achieving a common alignment of the more than 11,000 strong local government workforce.
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 (2016.14)
To continue and extend outreach services to the existing five regions as well as now including the Spencer Gulf Cities LGA for the year 2016/17.
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
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
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.
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 the Better Practice Model, Financial Internal Controls (2015.50)
To review the framework in the Better Practice Model, Financial Internal Controls and to build on learnings from internal controls opinions provided by auditors.
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.
State Emergency Management Plan – change implementation & resources (2016.16)
Develop new materials based on legislative changes and to modify existing emergency management & i-Responda resources so that they reflect the new arrangements.
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.
Strategic Region-based Investment Attraction (2016.19)
Data analysis to identify the comparative advantages of council areas or regional LGAs to enable targeted investment attraction strategies to grow clusters and identify opportunities for economic diversification.
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.
Suicide Prevention Networks - development of an Evaluation Toolkit (2016.37)
Using a Participatory Action Research approach, and with significant design consultation with the Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network, develop an evaluation toolkit for Suicide Prevention Networks.
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
Tourism, Events, Development Research (2014.05)
This project has undertaken research into methods for Councils to achieve best value returns for investment in tourism and events. The full range of flow-on economic and social impacts will be considered in the scoping research.
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.
Water Sensitive South Australia (2014.40)
Delivery of a program to build the capacity of practitioners and other stakeholders to implement water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in South Australia.

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