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Regional Joint Organisations

Regional Joint Organisations will provide a forum for local councils and the State to work together to deliver regional priorities, such as jobs, education, housing, roads and transport. They will help to connect local priorities from local councils’ Community Strategic Plans with regional planning for growth, infrastructure and economic development and provide a means of delivering projects across council boundaries. The NSW Government is providing $5.3 million to get the new organisations up and running in regional NSW, with the final model being developed by local councils, in partnership with the State. You can read more about the program in the Joint Organisation RoadmapFirst Interim Report and Mid Pilot Report. Joint Organisations will be established across regional NSW by September 2016.

For more information on the progress of the pilot Joint Organisations, go to a recording of the a recording of the Joint Organisations Webinar.


What will Joint Organisations do?

The core functions of Joint Organisations are:

  • Regional strategic planning
  • Working with State Government
  • Regional leadership and advocacy


They may also decide to undertake regionally defined functions such as:

  • Strategic capacity building
  • Regional service delivery


Piloting the program

Five groups of NSW councils are currently working with the NSW Government to develop the Joint Organisations model and build better working relationships between councils and State agencies. The pilots are the: Hunter, Illawarra, Central NSW, Namoi and Riverina regions. They include a diverse mix of councils, all with a strong history of working together and a commitment to partnering with the State to address regional priorities such as economic development, transport and infrastructure. Each pilot is trialling a slightly different model, to reflect the different working relationships and priorities of their region. The pilots will be sharing their learning with other councils along the way and helping to develop the Joint Organisation model, which will be finalised in early 2016.

Central and Regional Workshops were held in late 2014 for member councils, State agencies and others to develop::

  • A shared understanding of the purpose of JOs and how the Pilot program will work
  • Core features of the JO model and regional variations for each Pilot group
  • Draft action plans for getting the Pilots up and running
  • Ideas for regional priorities to focus on during the Pilots
  • Ideas to help support the councils taking part and ensure the program is a success

Each Pilot  now has a Charter to guide how they will function and work with others during the Pilot and a Statement of Regional Priorities. The Statements of Priorities were developed in consultation with State agencies and others, and  will guide their planning and projects for the duration of the pilot period. You can read more about the first stage of the Pilot program in the JO Pilot Interim Report.



Joint Organisations Webinar

On Wednesday 27 May 2015 the Office of Local Government conducted a Joint Organisations Webinar. The Webinar included information about:

  • the pilot process to date

  • tools the  Joint Organisation pilots are using to identify priorities and engage with State agencies

  • some early successes to date, and

  • upcoming opportunities for all councils and other key stakeholders to be involved in developing the Joint Organisation model.


The Executive Officers from both the Namoi and Riverina Pilot Joint Organisations  also shared their insights about their pilot journey to date, some challenges and opportunities, as well as how they are progressing the Joint Organisation regional priorities.


Click here to listen and watch a recording of the Joint Organisation Webinar.


Approximately 80 participants took part, including representatives from councils, Regional Organisations of Councils and State agencies.


Click here to read the Joint Organisation Webinar participant questions and answers.

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