Integrated Planning and Reporting

Local councils in NSW are required to undertake their planning and reporting activities in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. Section 8C  requires Councils to:
 
  • Identify and prioritise key local community needs and aspirations and consider regional priorities.
  • Identify and manage risks to the local community or area or to the council effectively and proactively.
An Integrated Planning and Reporting framework exists that allows NSW Councils to draw their various plans together, to understand how they interact and to get the maximum leverage from their efforts by planning holistically for the future.

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines  for local government in NSW provides “Essential Elements” that Councils must comply with when planning and reporting to comply with the Local Government Act.

Councils must develop a Community Strategic Plan. As part of this document, Councils must develop a resourcing strategy and delivery program that covers asset management planning (policy, strategy and plans).
 
The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework provides a useful platform for Local Governments to report on critical infrastructure resilience issues. This will facilitate collaboration and assist with embedding critical infrastructure resilience issues across local government boundaries, and may assist local governments in securing funding for resilience-building or hazard mitigation works in the future.

Sources of Funding 

This section of the Local Government User Resource identifies a number of funding sources that are available following emergency events that result in impacts to critical infrastructure.

​Funding Program

​Information

​Insurance​Local Governments often use insurance as a mechanism to pay for damaged assets.  However, it should be noted that under-insurance is often an issue and that not every asset is insured. The insurance premiums can be cost-prohibitive and in many cases beyond the capacity of small Councils to pay.  
Statewide Mutual and Civic Risk Mutual provides insurance to the majority of Councils in NSW. Over the last few years, these insurers have been actively running programs to support Councils e.g. with undertaking risk audits, providing grants for risk initiatives and projects, assistance with base lining business continuity planning, exercising and asset management. Local Governments should contact their insurer to discuss risk reduction funding and possible cost benefits.
​Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) 
​The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 will apply from 1 November 2018 in respect of eligible events that occur on or after that date. All eligible events occurring up to and including 31 October 2018 will be governed by the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Determination 2017.
Under the joint Australian Government-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018, assistance is provided to alleviate the financial burden on states and territories. It also supports the provision of urgent financial assistance to disaster affected communities.
Under these arrangements, the state or territory government determines which areas receive assistance and what assistance is available to individuals and communities. Where the arrangements have been activated, the Australian Government may fund up to 75 per cent of the assistance available to individuals and communities. This contribution is delivered through a number of assistance measures and may include:
personal hardship and distress assistance, including the engagement of a Community Recovery Officer to work with individuals and families receiving personal hardship and distress assistance
counter disaster operations
concessional loans or interest subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
transport freight subsidies for primary producers
loans and grants to voluntary non-profit organisations and needy individuals
the reconstruction of essential public assets
community recovery funds.
In addition, clean-up and recovery grants may be made available to assist businesses, including farm businesses, to resume trading as soon as possible. The grants may be used for clean-up activities, replacement of damaged equipment and stock, and other general repairs.