The Big Ideas Forum

  • Date:

    4 April 2019

  • Location:

    Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 200

Local Government Research and Innovation Showcase 2019

In 2018 LGNSW established a Research and Innovation Program to support new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. Its purpose is to fill gaps in the evidence base, explore emerging issues, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity within the sector.

This event is a showcase of nationally significant research projects currently underway in partnership with universities and NSW councils, and will focus on the possible application of these projects more broadly and for other councils in NSW.

Senior university and local government experts will showcase current projects and innovations, and we will explore the practical realities of how councils can best work together and with universities and commercial partners to access federal funding and address their most pressing community issues through research and innovation.


The program will include plenary presentations, panel discussions, case studies and workshops on the following topics:

  • Setting the scene – using research and trends in planning for public policy
  • Promoting council and university collaboration – reviewiewing existing initiatives for successes and lessons learned
  • Showcase of current research  – disseminating the research findings from a broad range of nationally significant projects underway
  • Accessing funding – explaining the Australian Research Council Linkage Fund and how councils can access this
  • Smart cities – current initiatives and next steps
  • Networking and sharing – identifying and promoting better ways of networking and sharing research and innovation across the sector

Who Should Attend?

The forum will be of value to councillors, mayors, senior managers and professionals looking to create new solutions to common problems in local government through research and innovation. We would also like to welcome university administrators and researchers who are interesting in partnering with local government in NSW.