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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. 

 

Have your say on the Joint Organisation boundaries 

The NSW Government has released Joint Organisations: Getting the boundaries right  for consultation. This paper proposes boundaries for new JOs based on collaborative work to build the JO model and consultation feedback to date.

The NSW Government welcomes the views of councils, Regional Organisations of Councils, Pilot Joint Organisations and others to help inform boundaries for the successful roll out of JOs from 2017, to ensure that they will bring real benefits to their communities.

Submissions on the paper may be made to the Office of Local Government by 5pm on Thursday 27 October 2016 by email to jointorganisations@olg.nsw.gov.au.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Towards a New JO Model  Feedback

 

The NSW Government received 64 submissions on the Joint Organisations: Towards a new model for regional collaboration and Joint Organisation Background Paper consulted on between June and July in 2016. All submissions made are below.

Submission  

 

Organisation

 

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01 Brian Dollery 01 - Brian Dollery - Submission.pdf
02 NSROC 02 - NSROC - Submission.pdf
03 Nambucca 03 - Nambucca - Submission.pdf
04 Upper Lachlan 04 -Upper Lachlan- Submission.pdf
05 Wollongong 05 - Wollongong - Submission.pdf 
06 Inverell 06 - Inverell - Submission.pdf
07 Shoalhaven 07 - Shoalhaven - Submission.pdf 
08 Goulburn Mulwaree 08 - Goulburn Mulwaree - Submission.pdf
09 Greater Hume 09 - Greater Hume - Submission.pdf 
10 RDA Northern Rivers 10 - RDA Northern Rivers - Submission.pdf 
11 NOROC 11 - NOROC - Submission.pdf 
12 Warrumbungle 12 - Warrumbungle - Submission.pdf 
13 Namoi JO 13 - Namoi JO - Submission.pdf 
14 Castlereagh Macquarie CC 14 - Castlereagh Macquarie CC - Submission.pdf 
15 Cessnock 15 - Cessnock - Submission.pdf 
16 USU 16 - USU - Submission.pdf 
17 Berrigan 17 - Berigan - Submission.pdf 
18 Morre Plains 18 - Moree Plains - Submission.pdf  
19 IPWEA 19 - IPWEA - Submission.pdf 
20 WSROC 20 - WSROC - Submission.pdf
21 Forbes 21 - Forbes - Submission.pdf
22 Tweed 22 - Tweed - Submission.pdf
23 Snowy Valleys 23 - Snowy Valleys - Submission.pdf
24 REROC 24 - REROC - Submission.pdf
25 Bega 25 - Bega - Submission.pdf
26 Port Stephens 26 - Port Stephens - Submission.pdf
27 Blayney 27 - Blayney - Submission.pdf
28 Murray River 28 - Murray River - Submission.pdf
29 Lismore 29 - Lismore - Submission.pdf
30 Albury 30 - Albury - Submission.pdf
31 Coffs Harbour 31 - Coffs Harbour - Submission.pdf
32 Port Macquarie Hastings 32 - Port Macquarie Hastings - Submission.pdf
33 Ryde 33 - Ryde - Submission.pdf
34 Maitland 34 - Maitland - Submission.pdf
35 CENTROC 35 - CENTROC - Submission.pdf
36 Kiama 36 - Kiama  - Submission.pdf
37 Mid Western 37 - Mid Western - Submission.pdf
38 SSROC 38 - SSROC - Submission.pdf
39 Armidale 39 - Armidale - Submission.pdf
40 LGNSW 40 - LGNSW - Submission.pdf
41 Cowra 41 - Cowra - Submission.pdf
42 Eurobodalla 42 - Eurobodalla - Submission.pdf
43 Wagga Wagga 43 - Wagga Wagga - Submission.pdf
44 Hunter JO 44 - Hunter JO - Submission.pdf
45 Bellingen 45 - Bellingen - Submission.pdf
46 Shellharbour 46 - Shellharbour - Submission.pdf
47 OROC 47 - OROC - Submission.pdf
48 Junee 48 - Junee - Submission.pdf
49 Campbelltown 49 - Campbelltown - Submission.pdf
50 Kempsey 50 - Kempsey - Submission.pdf
51 David Rawlings 51 - David Rawlings - Submission.pdf
52 Leeton 52 - Leeton - Submission.pdf
53 Hunters Hill 53 - Hunters Hill - Submission.pdf
54 RAMROC 54 - RAMROC - Submission.pdf
55 Illawarra JO 55 - Illawarra JO - Submission.pdf
56 Gwydir 56 - GWYDIR - Submission.pdf
57 Wingecaribee 57 - Wingecarribee - Submission.pdf
58 DEPA 58 - DEPA - Submission.pdf
59 Edward River 59 - Edward River - Submission.pdf
60 Canberra JO 60 - Canberra JO - Submission.pdf
61 Byron  61 - Byron - Submission.pdf
62 Liverpool 62 - Liverpool - Submission.pdf
63 Walcha 63 - Walcha - Submission.pdf
64 RDA Riverina 64 - RDA Riverina - Submission.pdf

 

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.

Submission  

 

Organisation

 

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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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