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 pilot and get the new Joint 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 Roadmap, First 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.
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.
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 welcomes the views of councils, Regional Organisations of Councils and others 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.
Submissions may be made online by 5pm on 15 July 2016 here
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.
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 Roadmap, First 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.