Annual report 2014-2015, Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 38 Finance Reference Group Meetings were held on 17 October 2014 in Darwin and 24 & 25 February 2015 in Alice Springs. The outcomes from these meetings were that members: commenced investigation into the opportunities (and associated risks) available in establishing a sector wide joint insurance scheme resolved to continue to hold rates workshops annually on the day before the Finance Reference Group meetings endorsed the 2014-15 LGANT Budget Submission to the Northern Territory Government established a working group to o review the LGANT policy on management and administration fees charged against government grants; and o make recommendation to LGANT Executive regarding the policy content endorsed the input to the 2013-14 Local Government Cost Index and established a working group to review the methodology and framework used to determine it established a working group to develop NT specific model general purpose financial statements that comply with Australian Accounting Standards and NT Government legislation and include disclosure notes on local government financial sustainability ratios and grants movements reporting endorsed a continuation of the collection of asset management and long term financial planning data for use in presenting a Territory-wide perspective of that subject continued to work with the Department of Local Government and Community Services on the accounting treatment of Section 19 leases on Aboriginal land adopted a position on the portability of employee long service leave worked on a course of action to assist councils in the treatment of local authority member allowances. Others In addition to the regular meetings highlighted above LGANT officers coordinated, facilitated or attended a number of additional workshops/meetings the key ones of which are listed in Figure 8. Figure 8: Other meetings / workshops hosted, facilitated or attended by LGANT officers Date Meeting Outcomes 16-10-2014 Rates Workshop Initiated review of the Rating Guidelines Manual. 10-12-2014 & 22-01-2015 Grants Fees Policy Working Group Recommended via Finance Reference Group (FRG) a change to LGANTs policy on Management and Administration Fees Charged Against Government Grants to vary the nominated rate from 15% to 24%.
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