Local Government Co-ordination: Metropolitan Governance in Twenty-first Century Australia

Led by Associate Professor Andrew Butt at RMIT University

A range of models for local government coordination have arisen in various Australian jurisdictions and metropolitan regions in recent years.  Although state government metropolitan strategic planning is dominant, local governments (and particularly combined local governments) in Australia have a role in supporting the delivery of decision-making services and infrastructure in metropolitan areas. Exploring models and approaches to effective and cooperative governance for the metropolitan and city-region scale offers lessons for policy and practice in the areas of planning, housing, transport and community life.

This research explores examples of bottom-up, informal metropolitan or sub-regional cooperation structures in five capital city-regions: South East Queensland (SEQ), Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. It considers the diversity of metropolitan governance arrangements in Australia, including key actors, partnerships and coordinating mechanisms. It also explores international examples of metropolitan governance, and how these might be relevant to the Australian context.

Title: The Role of Local Government in Australian Metropolitan Governance: Final Report
  • Andrew Butt (RMIT)
  • Annette Kroen (RMIT)
  • Wendy Steele (RMIT)