Conference Date
21st & 22nd September 2016
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
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It is getting more and more difficult for Australia’s councils to be financially sustainable.


Financial sustainability has taken a hit from cost-shifting, structural reform and an increasing demand for council services.


This conference will provide you with the information you need to build and maintain financial sustainability in your council.

The event will cover:

  • Generating additional revenue
  • Driving efficiency
  • Effective & responsible debt recovery
  • Overcoming challenges with asset management
  • Determining appropriate service levels & costings
  • Maximising the potential of shared services
  • Financial sustainability during & post-amalgamation
  • Financial sustainability in a political environment

Who will attend?

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance Manager
  • Director Corporate Services
  • General Manager/Deputy
  • General Manager
  • CEO/Deputy CEO
  • Mayor/Councillor
  • And related roles

Attend to learn:

  • Overcome asset management challenges

  • Generate additional revenue

  • Drive efficiency

  • Improve debt recovery

  • Special section on financial sustainability during & postamalgamation

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Key Speakers

Sue Tindal
Group Chief Financial Officer
Auckland Council, NZ
Debra Just
General Manager
Willoughby Council, NSW Council
Dr Andrew Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Port Pirie Regional Council, SA


What People Are Saying

  • “The conference was relevant, timely and informative. Excellent value in terms of time and cost.”

    Max Eastcott
  • “This was one of the best conferences I have attended in my 11 years in local government.”

    Jenny Dowell
  • “I really enjoyed learning what other Councils are doing to achieve long term financial sustainability for their organisations and communities.”

    Ian Church


  • Date: 3 Jul 2016  By: John Comrie

    It’s been a decade since formal inquiries were conducted assessing the financial sustainability of local government sectors in all Australian states. Since then much has changed. There have been legislative reforms, guidelines and training aimed at improving financial performance. Councils rightly now focus much more on the longer-term than they once did. Local governments have …

  • Date: 20 Jun 2016  By: Percy Allan AM

    Amalgamation is an extreme form of shared services where every activity of a group of councils is centralised in a new administrative body reporting to a single new council. There is no compelling evidence that centralising all local council activities in a single mega-council produces cost efficiencies. That’s because with scale, some activities obtain economies …

  • Date: 4 May 2016  By: Brian Dollery

    Brian Dollery, University of New England Hard-pressed ratepayers in New South Wales and Queensland need no reminding of the perils of municipal amalgamation. NSW experienced a sharp dose of forced mergers in 2004. Queenslanders underwent draconian council consolidation under the Beattie government in 2008. NSW is now on the cusp of a further round of …

  • Date: 6 Apr 2016  By: Bobbi Mayne

    Do you often hear esoteric words thrown around about financial sustainability, asset backlog, SRV, special schedule 7, asset re-evaluation, depreciation methodology and arguments like “it was the engineers”, “it was the accountants” and “we don’t have a system that does this”? This alien language was thrust upon me when I arrived at Rockdale City Council …

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