The Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme (CLGGPS) was launched in 1998 and has been designed to support the implementation of focused projects, based on the exchange of good practice and skills between practitioners working in local government. it uses a partnership approach to help councils improve the efficiency of service delivery and local democracy.
The Scheme aims to 'promote effective, responsive and accountable delivery of local authority services, particularly to poor and disadvantaged communities, identifying examples of good practice for application elsewhere'. Its purpose is to improve planning and management performance, and the implementation capacity of local authorities in the target countries and beyond.
The CLGGPS programme in Papua New Guinea began in 2000 and addresses the challenges and realities being faced by urban local level governments in the country's rapidly changing environment. Local Government Manager's Australia (LGMA) is CLGF's technical advisor in the Pacific. LGMA arranges support for the Good Practice Scheme amongst Australian local governments.
The programme is designed to build capacity at the local government level to improve the management and delivery of services to communities in PNG. It has three key elements:
This follows the support of the New South Wales Local Government and Shires Association to the development of a corporate plan for the Association.
A series of activities are being carried out in the individual partner authorities, linking to overall programme objectives. These include systems reviews, organisational development, revenue collection, capital project planning, waste management strategies and operations, information technology enhancement, empowering women, amongst others. Implementation methodologies will include technical staff exchanges, direct technical and material assistance, training, self empowerment, skills transfers and information dissemination.
The PNG programme is being implemented by CLGF and its partners after having received funding and other support, since its inception, from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) under its broader Sub-National National Strategy. A proposal for the next 3-year phase and scale-up of the Programme is currently being considered by AusAID after consultations with stakeholders.
In addition to the CLGGPS, project activities for PNG included in the CLGF Pacific Regional Project workplan include:
Last updated: 16 April 2012