Inter-Council Collaboration is two or more Councils working together to achieve a common goal.
Given the common goals and problems facing municipal councils, and the fact that local governments aren't in direct competition with each other, inter-council collaboration makes sense on many levels.
Inter-council collaboration can take a number of forms, including:
- Knowledge Sharing
- Resource Sharing
- Inter-council Working Groups / Special Interest Groups
- Staff Secondments
- One of the most common forms of Inter-Council Collaboration is Regional Collaboration. Whilst the internet and modern telecommunications technology makes it possible for far flung Councils to collaborate with each other, collaboration is often more common at the regional level where neighbouring councils often share similar problems and issues.
Mind MapThe mind map below explores a number of ideas associated with inter-council collaboration.
Things that Groups of Councils can do better than Individual Councils
Logically there is not much point working together to complete tasks that are better done individually, so perhaps an important first step in inter-council collaboration is identifying which tasks should logically become easier when a number of Councils work together to execute them. If you can think of a task that fits this description please add it to the list below.
- Asset Condition Evaluation Guide development
- Product Trials & Reviews
- Checklist development
- Horizon Scanning
Special Interest Groups
The following special interest groups are related to Inter-Council Collaboration.
- Collaborative Council Sustainability Fund Partnerships
- Eastern Region Alliance
- Knowledge Sharing Network
- Regional Road Group in QLD
- Supercharging Inter-Council Knowledge Sharing
External Links & References
- Google Search
- Councils Learning from Each Other (ACELG)
- Strategic collaboration in local government - Orla O’Donnell (January 2012)
- Inter-Council Cooperation and Financial Stability in NSW Local Government - Professor Brian Dollery (January 2012)
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