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Learn what local councils are doing throughout Australia, grasp policy issues quickly and concisely and tap into international best thinking.

A joint venture between not-for-profit local authority think tank LGiU and SGS Economics and Planning, LGiU Australia is a policy information membership service dedicated to local government across Australia.

We work to inform our members by providing practical, up-to-the-minute intelligence on policy issues pertinent to local government in Australia. The service draws on information and good practice from all over Australia and around the world to help public servants make policy, support residents and work more effectively with colleagues. Put simply, we help local councils drive forward the ideas and solutions needed to provide sustainable public services in the future.

"LGiU is a leading UK think tank working with local authorities to design and deliver better services for communities. We're proud to partner with LGiU to bring this policy information service to Australia. It's a great tool for local councils to tap into new thinking and practical intelligence quickly and easily."

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"Our members value being connected to new ideas and given the intellectual tools to operate effectively. Our daily news service informs members what's happening in local government nationally, our briefings help decision-makers grasp policy issues quickly, and our podcasts introduce new thinking and innovations. LGiU is a hub for local government best thinking."

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What members receive

LGiU Australia members receive:

  • Daily news bulletin summarising what the papers are saying about local government across Australia.
  • Briefings, reports and other content written by sector experts in Australia supplemented by international insights on relevant local government issues from our global network of associates.
  • Interesting and insightful guest blog posts and podcasts from around the world.
  • Workshops, roundtables and other events.

    Watch the LGiU Australia launch event

    Register for your free trial

    Join 30,000+ members and register for your free trial. You'll receive daily bulletins, policy briefings, guest blog posts and access to member-only content on the LGiU global website. After your trial, contact us to continue your membership. We'll organise an annual membership for your council, including unlimited access to LGiU content for every council employee. See the annual membership fee structure below.

    Membership fee structure (excl. GST)

    Membership includes unlimited access to LGiU content for every council employee for 12 months.


    DescriptionAnnual fee
    1Local government authorities with populations greater than 100,000$6,000
    2Local government authorities with populations greater than 30,000 (and less than 100,000)$4,000
    3Local government authorities with populations less than 30,000 (and greater than 1,000)
    Not for profit organisations
    4Local government authorities with populations less than 1,000 or in remote areas$1,000
    5Non-local government members, including Federal, State and Territory Government agencies and private companies$6,000
    PremiumLocal government authorities that would like to extend LGiU services (for example capital city and/or local government authorities over 200,000 population). Additional fee will extend the core LGiU services to include additional annual events and targeted research papersAdditional $2,000
    Members of Parliament, staff from local government associationsNo fee

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    Contact Luke Nicholls by email at lnicholls@sgsep.com.au.