Factsheet: Contributing to Regional Growth
Sponsored by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
About the sponsor
The Australian Government, through the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting regions to realise their potential and manage their own futures. To do this, the department works in partnership with regional, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
Australia's regions are integral to our values and sense of identity, which come from our unique and diverse culture, landscape, history and people.
The Australian Government's approach to regional development is to work in partnership with communities, government and the private sector to foster the development of self-reliant communities and regions, creating the right climate and environment to encourage the establishment of viable enterprises. Councils, shires and other recognised local government organisations along with local business and not-for-profit organisations play a key role in building regional capacity.
Contributing to Regional Growth Category
As public sector agencies, local governments have a responsibility to continually improve their performance to achieve optimal value for their residents, particularly when there are community expectations for local governments to do more for their communities. Improved performance can be achieved through greater efficiency by adopting innovative management practices, exploiting the potential of technology or developing more customer focused service delivery arrangements, and/or collaborating with other councils in the region.
This award recognises local governments collaborating on a regional basis to strengthen investment and development opportunities, share resources, build regional competitive advantage and create jobs.
For this award you could enter projects that:
- demonstrate strong partnerships with the private sector, local, state and territory government, community and not for profit organisations and other regional development organisations
- maximise economic growth and development opportunities, progress infrastructure and other investment;
- harness regional competitive advantages; physical assets; transport linkages; amenity and human capital and to drive region-specific innovation
- empowering vibrant and connected regional communities that promote diversity and inclusion
- improve productivity, employment and workforce skills within the region
- leverage funding from additional sources including state governments, local governments and local businesses to implement regional plans and priorities