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
- And related roles
Attend to learn:
Overcome asset management challenges
Generate additional revenue
Improve debt recovery
Special section on financial sustainability during & postamalgamation
Auckland Council, NZ
Suzanne (Sue) was appointed as the CFO of Auckland Council in January 2015 and became the Group CFO on 1 October 2015. Prior to taking up this role, Sue was a Director, Consulting at PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC). Sue was born and educated in Auckland and returned to New Zealand early in 2014 having spent 15 years living and working in Australia, Asia and the USA.
Primarily an experienced Corporate & Institutional banker, Sue has a wealth of international experience in the financial services, energy and IT sectors having held numerous senior or Chief Executive roles at Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).
Sue is a Member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia Ltd (CPA).
Willoughby Council, NSW Council
Debra Just is a CEO/General Manager with over 20 years in local and state government and 15 years on water, waste and natural resources management boards. Debra’s experience has included the successful leadership and delivery of Council and Board amalgamations and significant changes in strategic directions, including reforms leading to increased efficiencies. Leadership roles have covered a breadth of Council programs and services, including strategic planning and policies for cities, and chair roles for audit committees of boards. Debra has been recognized as a Fellow by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Port Pirie Regional Council, SA
Dr Andrew Johnson is currently Chief Executive Officer of Port Pirie Regional Council, a Board Member and Treasurer of Regional Development Australia Yorke-Mid North, President of the SA Division of CPA Australia, Chair of Wesley Country Housing, a member of the Centre for Local Government (University of New England), on the Executive of the Port Pirie Chamber of Commerce and serves on a number of audit committees (he is Chair of the RDAYMN audit committee).
Andrew has held senior management positions within local government across two States for over 20 years. He has also served on numerous local, regional and national committees with a variety of organisations.
Andrew is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant, a member of the Local Government Managers Association and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA, has a PhD in local government economics from the University of New England and has won many industry awards.
Andrew regularly presents at State, national and international conferences in the areas of financial management, governance and economic development. He has a number of books and academic publications to his credit.
Partnering with gViz
If you want a consultative approach, where gViz partners with you to deliver successful, cost effective, best practice, innovative Asset Management outcomes, to suit your budget, then gViz might be the alternate approach you have been waiting for.
The gViz offer
Asset Management Solutions
gViz is the exclusive distributor of Cityworks. Cityworks is the only ESRI based GIS centric Asset Management solution that uses the GIS database as the Asset Register removing the need for data duplication and synchronisation.
Cityworks offers Timesheeting, Mobility, Analytics, Scheduling, and Works Management leveraged from your ESRI GIS investment whether it be On-Premise or in the Cloud using SAAS model.
This approach is designed to ensure we have a solution scaled to fit your budget.
gViz is able to offer a complete suite of Enterprise Consulting Services, from the development of Strategic Asset Management Plans aligned to ISO 55000, or more specifically any aspect in implementing an Asset Management System, such as auditing existing systems, developing a strategy to move forward with, through to gathering functional requirements.
Our Business Analysts are consultative, flexible and ready to work alongside your organisation to give you the outcomes you need to progress your business case or project.
A unique approach in the ICT industry, gViz is able to place experts within your organisation at a cost that meets your Professional Services budget. Whether this need be in the administration of an existing system or to assist in the day to day development and maintenance of a Cityworks solution, gViz can be utilised alongside your staff as needed in a cost effective model.
What People Are Saying
“The conference was relevant, timely and informative. Excellent value in terms of time and cost.”
“This was one of the best conferences I have attended in my 11 years in local government.”
“I really enjoyed learning what other Councils are doing to achieve long term financial sustainability for their organisations and communities.”
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 …
Do mergers make for better councils? The evidence is against ‘bigger is better’ for local governmentDate: 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 …