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Constitutional Recognition

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Shaun McBride
Senior Strategy Manager 

Phone: 02 9242 4072 
shaun.mcbride@lgnsw.org.au

Local government is an essential part of Australia’s system of government. Its contribution to our national wellbeing can be measured in economic, social and environmental terms.

That’s why local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution, alongside Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. Securing much-needed funding At a practical level, including local government in the Australian Constitution is about securing funding to deliver community services. That’s because local government relies on funding from the state and federal governments to carry out many of its responsibilities.

Securing much-needed funding

At a practical level, including local government in the Australian Constitution is about securing funding to deliver community services. That’s because local government relies on funding from the state and federal governments to carry out many of its responsibilities.

The campaign

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has worked closely with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and state and territory local government associations on constitutional recognition since the Local Government Constitutional Summit – A Special National General Assembly in December 2008.

Unfortunately, local government’s best opportunity to achieve constitutional recognition didn’t eventuate after a referendum scheduled for September 2013 was cancelled due to the early calling of a federal election.

Constitutional recognition remains a priority and LGNSW will continue to advocate for a referendum to recognise local government in the constitution to be held as soon as possible.

For more information on the national campaign for constitutional recognition of local government, please visit ALGA's website.

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