There are 546 local governing bodies across Australia including the Australian Capital Territory.
The Australian Government, through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting local governments to manage their own futures, including providing essential services and developing effective planning initiatives.
The Commonwealth provides financial assistance grants to local government under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. Details are provided in this section.
The National Awards for Local Government recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia.
Information on past winners of the National Awards for Local Government.
View and print publications and maps about Local Government in Australia.
Information on investment and grant programs from the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio.
This report provides an overview of the operation and performance of local government from a national perspective.