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Fit for the Future


Following a review process the State Government has introduced a series of reforms for NSW Local Government called Fit for the Future. These reforms are intended to provide communities across the State with confidence that councils are financially sound, operating efficiently and in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services.


All Councils in NSW must submit a proposal to the State Government addressing criteria in the areas of scale, capacity and financial health. Wingecarribee Council is developing strategies to strengthen our operations and improve efficiencies. The early signs are that our current financials are in good shape. However, we still have a great deal of work before us.


Please take a look at our Fit for the Future page on Council’s online community engagement hub Your Say Wingecarribee.


pdfFit For the Future: What You Need to Know (PDF, 201kB)

pdfFit For the Future: Benchmarks (PDF, 189 kB)



Promoting Better Practice Review


The Division of Local Government’s Local Government Reform - Promoting Better Practice is a review process that aims to improve the viability and sustainability of councils.


These reviews can act as a ‘health check’, giving the council confidence about what is being done and helping to focus attention on key priorities. 


The process has a number of objectives:

  • to generate momentum for a culture of continuous improvement and greater compliance across local government
  • to provide an ‘early intervention’ option for councils experiencing operating problems
  • to promote good governance and ethical conduct principles
  • to identify and share innovation and good practice in local government
  • to enable the department to use review information to feed back into its work in identifying necessary legislative and policy work for the local government sector


Last Updated: July 28th, 2016
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