From planning, transport, education, housing, to decisions about grants and businesses, local authorities can play a role in perpetuating ethnic disadvantages – or could be used to address them.
Digital communications could be a force for greater local democracy in urban planning and development, but many councils use the technologies in ways that mirror traditional consultation.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regional Australia needs local government to emulate the example of the local councils that brought prosperity to North Queensland after the second world war.
Local councils work hand in hand with industries like construction. If the downturn is allowed to cripple councils, that will also hit essential businesses hard.
A particular brand of climate denial among coastal property owners presents a conundrum for councils and governments trying to plan for sea-level rise.
Parish council elections are a vital part of democracy – so why are people put off getting involved?
Councils have sold off vast amounts of land since 2014 – land that was previously used for important public services.
We found hundreds of local council workers willing to give out login details for government systems without realising.
The workplace parking levy is a simple idea, but tricky to implement.
A national survey shows councils know much of the housing in their local areas isn't affordable. But providing affordable housing is not a priority because they see it as being beyond their means.
Tree bonds are set to be introduced by a Melbourne city council to protect city trees. But how do they work and why are they needed?
Putting money into the hands of local communities will be a more useful antidote to the whims of world capitalism.
Queensland led the way in the 1920s – it's about time for the other states to catch up on reforming local council elections.
The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
Companies that care about the bottom line will have their attention divided between profit and patients.
In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Stuart Morris and Leonie Hemingway about their successes and failures on the road to reforming Victoria's local government.
In office, to what extent has New South Wales Premier Mike Baird acted according to liberal principles?
Australia's coastal towns are already facing storms and erosion – problems that are set to get worse with rising seas.
Cuts to local councils are being passed onto domestic violence services – here's what we need to do to prevent it.
Junk food adverts need to be banned near schools and nurseries – our children's lives depend upon it.