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Partners In Government Agreement

1. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Local Government, on behalf of the Victorian government, and the President, the Victorian Municipal Association, conclude this Victorian agreement on public and local government on behalf of the Victorian Government to strengthen relations between government and local communities by establishing a collaborative working relationship between public and local authorities and improving communication and consultation. The potential to improve general service levels, particularly by providing services that could not otherwise be offered, may be significant. Local authorities may not be able to provide local services on their own, such as. B for example, two streamlined agreements that are currently used by the department: ii. Local authorities are accountable to their local communities and their operational autonomy is recognized and sustained. ii. The VSLGA will serve as the basis for the continuation of relations between the government and local authorities in Victoria and does not depend on the continued operation of the IGA. 6. The VSLGA is not a legally binding agreement, but it is an agreement negotiated and concluded in good faith by the parties and respected accordingly. 7. The aim of the VSLGA is to promote the implementation of positive and productive relationships between local authorities by committing to improve and promote more sustainable communication, consultation and cooperation. (10) Where the Victorian government intends to ensure that local authorities manage or enforce new primary laws or new or revised provisions, the department responsible for managing public affairs consults with the local government in accordance with the regulations, subject to exceptional circumstances.

In doing so, the appropriate department assesses the impact of the regulation on local communities, including the potential impact on costs and resources for local governments in the management of the regulation. vi. The implementation of intergovernmental agreements should be encouraged to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clearly articulated and that full financial considerations are taken. Local governments may choose to enter into a partnership agreement for a number of reasons, including potential cost savings (for example. B value for money or economies of scale), external expertise, risk sharing and operational efficiency. iii. respect the diversity of opinions within local authorities represented by the sector and local government governing bodies. The next steps will help a local government decide whether a partnership agreement is the right approach to service delivery.

Oir participates, on behalf of the government, in conciliation conferences and will request, if necessary, the presence of representatives of the agencies. 8. Governments and local authorities support social, economic and environmental progress for victoria by reaching an agreement in principle with all parties to union bargaining on 17 January 2020. On August 20, 2019, the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland signed the Partners in Government 2019 agreement on behalf of the Queensland Local Government. “We know that if national and local governments work together in partnership, we can do great things for the people of Queensland,” said the Premier. v. Transparency in financial relations between the state and local authorities should be improved to improve decision-making. The Victorian government has pledged to declare its financial relations with local authorities in its annual budget. iv. may be affected by the relationship between the Commonwealth government and local government.

Partnership agreements between local governments can help achieve economies of scale and offer the potential to save money, especially when the service requires significant investment (for example. B, a treatment plant can be operated in the most cost-effective way if used by two or more jurisdictions).