As the Victorian member of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), we helped develop the national policy priorities for local government to pursue as part of the 2013 federal election. Along with local government in Victoria, we actively support the national advocacy efforts of ALGA and its 10-point plan for resourcing community priorities (PDF - 4.11MB).
Commitments sought from all political parties and federal candidates prior to the federal election include:
Constitutional change to support continued direct Commonwealth payments to local government
More sustainable funding to meet local community priorities, including through Financial Assistance Grants
Better and safer roads through a permanent Roads to Recovery program
Agreement that funding should accompany new responsibilities and put an end to cost shifting
Support for community infrastructure
Help to adapt to climate change
A coordinated approach to national biodiversity
Better arrangements for natural disaster mitigation
Investment to improve online business capacity
Adequate funding to deliver municipal services to Indigenous communities.
Following announcement of the federal election on 19 August 2013, we wrote to political party campaign headquarters and all Victorian candidates confirming our support for the ALGA's 10-point plan and seeking a formal response to an additional matter of importance to Victorian local government, home and community care.
Home and Community Care
The home and community care (HACC) program provides daily support services to 290 000 Victorians to help them live at home and age well in their community. This includes domestic assistance, delivered meals, personal care, allied health, social support and property maintenance.
Local government is a long standing funding and planning partner, as well as provider of more than 80 per cent of Victoria’s HACC assessments and services. However this ongoing commitment and involvement by councils is not guaranteed.
Given the potential implications of federal aged care reforms to the HACC program in Victoria, the MAV is seeking acknowledgement of the role of local government as a partner in planning services for older people, a federal commitment to funding which meets the real cost of providing services, and an assurance that a national competitive tendering process will not be applied in Victoria.
We've produced a Call to Parties highlighting the challenges and seeking commitments from Victorian federal election candidates and political parties. All responses received will be published on this page.