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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 new Joint Organisations up and running in regional NSW.

The Joint Organisation model was developed in partnership with local councils through a pilot program in five regions during 2015. The proposed model and tools to support implementation were consulted on in June and July 2016 through consultation papers and regional visits.

Joint Organisations will be established across regional and rural NSW in 2017.

Read more about the pilot program  and work to develop the proposed Joint Organisation model on this webpage and in attached documents. 


Webinar: Consolidating the Joint Organisation model – 24 June 2016

A webinar was held on 24 June 2016 to brief councils and ROCs in regional and rural areas, NSW agencies and others about current work to consolidate the Joint Organisation model. It highlighted opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed JO model until 15 July 2016.

The webinar included presentations from two pilot JO regions as well as senior staff from OLG and the Executive Director of the Regional Coordination Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Listen to and watch a recording of the JO webinar.


Click here to read the JO webinar participant questions and answers.


Evaluation of the Joint Organisation Pilot

An independent evaluation of the JO Pilot program found the JO pilot to be a success, with the five JO pilot regions making great progress in delivering benefits such as youth employment and education programs, better strategies for transport and priority infrastructure and improved growth planning.

The evaluation report highlights key benefits of JOs including:

•           better alignment of state, regional and local priorities, with a stronger focus on outcomes

•           improved collaboration between councils and better working relationships with State agencies

•           stronger recognition of the role and value of local government in regional planning.

The evaluation also found that the pilot process was valued and seen as effective and consultative.

Evaluation insights from the pilot regions will be important in helping to support the successful roll out of JOs.

Further information is available in the JO Pilot Evaluation Summary Report and detailed JO Pilot Evaluation Report.


Have your say on the Joint Organisation model

The NSW Government has released Joint Organisations: Towards a new model for regional collaboration, for consultation. This provides a snapshot on progress to date in building JOs, key elements of the proposed JO model and next steps for new Joint Organisations (JOs) of stronger, more connected and Fit for the Future councils in regional and rural NSW.

An accompanying Joint Organisations Background Paper,  provides more detail about how a network of JOs could be enabled through legislation, guidance and tools to inform feedback. It asks a series of questions about the proposed JO model to inform implementation.

The NSW Government was pleased to receive 63 submissions and hear from local councils, regional bodies, peak sector bodies and agencies at 10 consultation sessions across regional and rural NSW to help inform the successful roll out of JOs from the next local government elections to ensure they will bring real benefits to their communities.

Consultation closed on 15 July 2016.

The NSW Government is now considering feedback to support each region to create an effective, sustainable Joint Organisation in 2017.



Emerging Directions Paper Feedback

The NSW Government received 56 submissions on a Joint Organisations Emerging Direction Paper released in September 2016 which informed development of the Joint Organisation model. Feedback received is summarised in Background Paper . All submissions made are below.





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01 Mosman Council 01 - Mosman - Submission.pdf
02 Bland Shire Council 02 - Bland - Submission.pdf
03 Lismore City Council 03 - Lismore - Submission.pdf
04 Bega Valley Shire Council 04 - Bega - Submission.pdf
05 Tenterfield Shire Council 05 - Tenterfield - Submission.pdf
06 Goulburn Mulwaree Council 06 - Goulburn Mulwaree - Submission.pdf
07 Shoalhaven City Council 07 - Shoalhaven - Submission.pdf
08 United Services Union 08 - United Services Union - Submission.pdf
09 Namoi Councils 09 - Namoi - Submission.pdf
10 Cessnock City Council 10 - Cessnock - Submission.pdf
11 Blayney Shire Council 11 - Blayney - Submission.pdf
12 Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils 12 - NOROC - Submission.pdf
13 Albury City Council 13 - Albury - Submission.pdf
14 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 14 - Port Macquarie-Hastings - Submission.pdf
15 Wingecarribee Shire Council 15 - Wingecarribee - Submission.pdf
16 Wollongong City Council 16 - Wollongong - Submission.pdf
17 Bellingen Shire Council 17 - Bellingen - Submission.pdf
18 Maitland City Council 18 - Maitland - Submission.pdf
19 Cootamundra Shire Council 19 - Cootamundra - Submission.pdf
20 Lake Macquarie City Council 20 - Lake Macquarie - Submission.pdf
21 Shellharbour City Council 21 - Shellharbour - Submission.pdf
22 Singleton Council 22 - Singleton - Submission.pdf
23 Port Stephens Council 23 - Port Stephens - Submission.pdf
24 Queanbeyan City Council 24 - Queanbeyan - Submission.pdf
25 Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils 25 - RAMROC - Submission.pdf
26 RENEW NSW 26 - RENEW NSW - Submission.pdf
27 Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils 27 - WSROC - Submission.pdf
28 Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation 28 - Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation - Submission.pdf
29 Nambucca Shire Council 29 - Nambucca - Submission.pdf
30 Inverell Shire Council 30 - Inverell - Submission.pdf
31 Orange City Council 31 - Orange - Submission.pdf
32 Central NSW Councils 32 - Centroc - Submission.pdf
33 Warringah Council 33 - Warringah - Submission.pdf
34 Moree Plains Shire Council 34 - Moree Plains - Submission.pdf
35 Eurobodalla Shire Council 35 - Eurobodalla - Submission.pdf
36 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW Division) 36 - IPWEA NSW - Submission.pdf
37 Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils 37 - REROC - Submission.pdf
38 Urban Taskforce Australia 38 - Urban Taskforce - Submission.pdf
39 Cowra Shire Council 39 - Cowra - Submission.pdf
40 Upper Hunter Shire Council 40 - Upper Hunter - Submission.pdf
41 Coolamon Shire Council 41 - Coolamon - Submission.pdf
42 Urana Shire Council 42 - Urana - Submission.pdf
43 Water Directorate 43 - Water Directorate - Submission.pdf
44 Leeton Shire Council 44 - Leeton - Submission.pdf
45 Hunter Councils 45 - Hunter Councils - Submission.pdf
46 Kiama Municipal Council 46 - Kiama - Submission.pdf
47 Individual 47 - Individual - Submission.pdf
48 Orana Regional Organisation of Councils 48 - OROC - Submission.pdf
49 Local Government NSW 49 - LGNSW - Submission.pdf
50 Canberra Region Joint Organisation 50 - Canberra Region Joint Organisation - Submission.pdf
51 Marrickville Council 51 - Marrickville - Submission.pdf
52 Bahurst Regional Council 52 - Bathurst - Submission.pdf
53 Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW 53 - LG Professionals - Submission.pdf
54 Food Authority 54 - Food Authority - Submission.pdf
55 Tumut Shire Council 55 - Tumut - Submission.pdf
56 New England Group of Councils 56 - NEGOC - Submission.pdf


About the Joint Organisation Pilot

Five groups of NSW councils  worked with the NSW Government during 2015 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 has trialled a slightly different model to reflect the different working relationships and priorities of their region. The pilot outcomes and their learnings will be shared with other councils along the way and are helping to develop the Joint Organisation model, which will be finalised for implementation from after the local government elections.

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 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 You can read more about the program in the Joint Organisation RoadmapFirst Interim Report, Mid Pilot Report, and October Policy Workshop Report. Joint Organisations will be established across regional NSW from after the next local government elections. A webinar was held in May 2015 to inform the local government sector about the pilot process, tools and opportunities for councils and other stakeholders to be involved in developing Joint Organisations. Click here to listen and watch a recording of the Joint Organisation Webinar. Click here to read the Joint Organisation Webinar participant questions and answers.




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