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The Grants Review is a reform of the framework for grants provided to local governments by the State.

In September 2018, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Local Government, Minster for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced the Grants to Local Government Policy Position (PDF, 252KB).

Grants to Local Government Policy Position

This policy position confirms the government will develop a model for grant funding that is simple, adaptable and coordinated, that provides value for the State, while being responsive to community priorities.

Key outcomes:

  • implement an outcome focused grants model where grant programs with common objectives are managed consistently
  • align grant programs with State Government priorities and, Council strategies and budget cycles
  • reduce red tape through streamlining the administration, monitoring and reporting of grant programs
  • support Councils across all stages of the grant program process, including necessary long-term planning.

Supporting the policy position, proposed program streams (PDF, 286KB) have been developed showing how grant programs can be coordinated and simplified.

Current status

In 2018, the department commenced implementation planning to determine the requirements to deliver on the policy position.

To date, the department has:

  • completed extensive research and analysis of other grants models
  • engaged with councils through Regional Organisation of Council meetings and other forums
  • engaged with local government industry representatives and state agencies
  • undertaken a detailed survey of local governments and state agencies.

Key themes from the surveys

Feedback received from 72 councils (out of 77) indicates:

  • support for grant programs with a longer-term
  • a move towards allocation-based funding for suitable grants
  • coordinating and grouping grants under six outcome focused program streams
  • the need to ensure funding is targeted to meeting local priorities.

A snapshot of the council engagement (PDF, 240KB) is now available.

Feedback received from 10 agencies indicates support for:

  • greater consultation with councils
  • consistent reporting criteria and use of online tools for reporting
  • greater cross-agency collaboration in development of grant programs and review of applications
  • less frequent reporting – quarterly or linked to milestone payments

Next steps

The department is on-track to finalise the new local government grants model and the development of an Implementation Plan by mid-2019.