Collaboration and partnerships
Strategic collaboration and partnerships between NSW Councils, the NSW Government, the Commonwealth and others are vital to help shape and strengthen councils and local communities across the state.
Many councils have worked successfully together through Regional Organisations of Council (ROCs), strategic alliances and other partnerships to jointly plan and advocate for their regions, share resources on a large scale and improve alignment of State and local priorities for their regions.
To further strengthen collaboration in regional NSW, the NSW Government has been working in partnership with councils to pilot new Joint Organisations. The pilots have provided a forum for local councils and the State to work together to deliver regional priorities, such as jobs, education, housing, roads and transport. They have aimed to connect local priorities from councils’ Community Strategic Plans with regional plans for growth, infrastructure and economic development and provide a way to deliver projects across council boundaries.
Read more about the pilot program and work to develop the Joint Organisation model at http://www.fitforthefuture.nsw.gov.au/content/regional-joint-organisations.
Below are some additional resources to guide councils in their collaboration activities.
- Collaborative Arrangements between Councils: Survey Report (2011)http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/content/11-08-collaborative-arrangements-between-councils-survey-report.
- Collaboration and Partnerships between Councils (2007) http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/content/collaboration-and-partnerships-between-councils.