In December 2016, team members were identified and approach to form a project team. They met in early Jan 2017, and preliminary requirement research followed.
The following is a summary of the research highlights (click here for the detailed report) so far:
- Good governance is meant to be a conduct and practice integrated performance management framework for governments and their agencies, including down to the lowest level of municipal councils and their peak bodies.
- It is part of a bigger corporate governance framework, already defined in DTPLI’s Council Governance webpage, comprising of the following sections, categorised and re-organised as follows, for deeper gap analysis.
- A gap analysis of the above corporate governance framework reveals the following:
Good Governance Framework
Operational Control Framework
|1) There are no state-wide community engagementguidelines for councils:||2) Operational control areas have not been structurally designed and aligned to the core operational functions of a council3) State directed service provisioning controls are missing, a major gap when municipal service provisioning is the core business of councils.|
4) Integration of these state corporate governance areas in councils’ frameworks is discretionally translated by each council. This has resulted in the growing prevalence of good governance and operational performance quality issues in and across councils, including varying and often lacking compliance policing intensities and offence handling.
These findings have lead the project team to focus on defining the governance KPI for supporting council decision making and community engagement. The next step is to interview several stakeholders from selected council, state agencies and peak bodies, and MPs who have contributed and/or supported to developing past and present LGPRF versions. Interviewees will be carefully selected to avoid politicized influencers and reputed good governance offenders, to choose people who are committed to improve the LG system and attain its highest governance integrity.
For full details of the findings, click here.