Victoria's regional management forums: a comparative review
Source TitleInstitute of Public Administration Australia National Conference
University of Melbourne Author/sWear, Andrew
AffiliationFaculty of Arts, Political Science, Criminology and Sociology
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsWear, Andrew (2008). Victoria's regional management forums: a comparative review. In Institute of Public Administration Australia National Conference, Sydney.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a pre-print of a paper from the Institute of Public Administration Australia National Conference 2008 published by IPAA. https://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/index/view/id/39.
Victoria’s Regional Management Forums were established in 2005 to facilitate collaboration between Victorian Government departments and local government in each of Victoria’s eight administrative regions. The Forums are chaired by departmental Secretaries, and comprise the Chief Executive Officers of local government as well as senior representatives from state government departments. The role of the Forums is to: • Identify and address critical issues facing the region; • Encourage cooperation between departments and with councils; and • Work with statutory authorities, businesses and local communities to deliver key priorities. This paper considers Victoria’s Regional Management Forums alongside other similar collaborative governance structures, such as Queensland’s Regional Managers’ Coordination Networks, Tasmania’s Partnership Agreements, Western Australia’s Regional Development Commissions and the United Kingdom’s Local Strategic Partnerships. The paper concludes that the Forums have successfully established a collaborative relationship between state government and local governments, providing a mechanism for constructive, regular dialogue. Nevertheless, if Regional Management Forums are to be successful in the longer term, they will need to move beyond their existing functions of information sharing, networking and the implementation of selected regional initiatives. A key component of this broadened approach should be the development of integrated approaches to regional development.
Keywordsregional management forums; regional governance; collaborative governance; joined-up government
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