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The South Australian Local Government Grants Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Local Government on the distribution of untied Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants to local governing authorities in South Australia.

Grants are distributed to support councils in providing an average level of service to their communities. They are assessed by the Commission based on the differences in the costs of providing services and differences in revenue-raising capacity compared to the average across the state.  They are provided only to councils established under the Local Government Act 1999 and prescribed bodies under the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission Act 1992.

Legislative Framework

The Commission is established under the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission Act 1992.

The Commonwealth Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 governs the way in which the grants are distributed and provides for:

  • a per capita distribution (to the states) for the general financial assistance component
  • the continued separate identification of local road funding and maintenance of existing state shares for that funding
  • a national report on the operation of the Act, specifically the achievement of horizontal equalisation, the methods used by the state commissions, the performance of councils, including their efficiency, and the provision of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • a set of seven national principles governing the distribution of grants among councils (replacing the previous state-by-state principles) and providing for distribution based on horizontal fiscal equalisation (subject to the minimum grant entitlement).

National Principles

The national principles underpin the distribution methodology used by the Commission. Six of the principles apply to the distribution of general-purpose grants, and one applies to the distribution of the identified local road grants.

1.      Horizontal Equalisation

The equalisation component of the financial assistance grants will be allocated to local governing bodies, as far as practicable, on a full horizontal equalisation basis as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. This is a basis that ensures that each local governing body in the State/Territory is able to function by reasonable effort, at a standard not lower than the average standard of other local governing bodies in the State. It takes account of differences in the expenditure required by those local governing bodies in the performance of their function and in the capacity of those local governing bodies to raise revenue

2.      Minimum Grant

The minimum general purpose grant allocation for a local governing body will be not less than the amount to which the local governing body would be entitled if 30% of the total amount of equalisation component funds for the State/Territory were allocated on a per capita basis.

3.      Effort Neutrality

An effort or policy neutral approach will be used in assessing expenditure requirements and revenue raising capacity of each local governing body. This means as far as practicable, policies of individual local governing bodies in terms of expenditure and revenue effort will not affect the grant determination.

4.      Other Grant Support

Other relevant grant support provided to local governing bodies to meet any of the expenditure needs assessed should be taken into account using an inclusion approach.

5.      Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders

Financial assistance shall be allocated to councils in a way that recognises the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within their boundaries.

6.      Council Amalgamation

Where two or more local governing bodies are amalgamated into a single body, the general purpose grant provided to the new body for each of the four years following amalgamation should be the total of the amounts that would have been provided to the former bodies in each of those years if they had remained separate entities.

7.      Identified Road Component

The identified road component of the financial assistance grants should be allocated to local governing bodies as far as practicable on the basis of the relative needs of each local governing body for roads expenditure and to preserve its road assets. In assessing roads needs relevant considerations include length, type and usage of roads in each local governing area.

Local Government Consultation

The Commission undertakes regular visits to councils to:

  • explain the background and method of operation of the Commission
  • enable the Commission to raise queries with councils about information submitted by way of annual financial statements, general information returns and submissions
  • provide a forum for discussion between the Commission and council about both the grant calculation procedures and any problems experienced by councils which might not be adequately covered within current procedures
  • inspect, if necessary,  particular physical features or structures of the area which are considered relevant to the distribution of funds.

The visits make a significant contribution to improving the relevance of the assessment process.

Publications

Annual Reports

2018-19 Annual Report (PDF 2.4 MB)
2017-18 Annual Report (PDF 1.7 MB)
2016-17 Annual Report (PDF 1.4 MB)
2015-16 Annual Report (PDF 1.2 MB) 
2014-15 Annual Report (PDF 899.4 KB)
2013-14 Annual Report (PDF 536.3 KB)
2012-13 Annual Report (PDF 980.4 KB)
2011-12 Annual Report (PDF 582.7 KB)
2010-11 Annual Report (PDF 549.2 KB)
2009-10 Annual Report (PDF 2.9 MB)
2008-09 Annual Report (PDF 575.6 KB)
2007-08 Annual Report (PDF 619.0 KB)
2006-07 Annual Report (PDF 709.5 KB)
2005-06 Annual Report (PDF (413.8 KB) 

Information Papers

2019-20 Information Paper (PDF 2.1 MB)
2019-20 Information Paper (Insert) (PDF 212.7 KB) 
2018-19 Information Paper (PDF 2.1 MB)
2018-19 Information Paper (Insert) (PDF 209.2 KB) 

Database Reports

Please Note: Care should be taken when comparing or interpreting the figures of individual Councils. Also, it is often not meaningful to view data without an understanding or explanation of the differing financial and asset management strategies and targets of each Council. Interested readers are encouraged to contact individual Councils for further information.

2018-19 Database Reports (PDF 209.4 KB)
2017-18 Database Reports (PDF 375.6 KB)
2016-17 Database Reports (PDF 177.5 KB)
2015-16 Database Reports (PDF 157.3 KB)
2014-15 Database Reports (PDF 161.9 KB)
2013-14 Database Reports (PDF 154.3 KB)
2012-13 Database Reports (PDF 150.2 KB) 
2011-12 Database Reports (PDF 168.6 KB) 
2010-11 Database Reports (PDF 95.3 KB)
2009-10 Database Reports (PDF 97.9 KB) 
2008-09 Database Reports (PDF 134.8 KB)
2007-08 Database Reports (PDF 132.0 KB)
2006-07 Database Reports (PDF 128.2 KB)
2005-06 Database Reports (PDF 126.2 KB)
2004-05 Database Reports (PDF 131.5 KB) 
2003-04 Database Reports (PDF 103.3 KB) 
2002-03 Database Reports (PDF 71.1 KB)
2001-02 Database Reports (PDF 73.7 KB)
2000-01 Database Reports (PDF 70.9 KB)
1999-00 Database Reports (PDF 71.8 KB)
1998-99 Database Reports (PDF 80.1 KB)
1997-98 Database Reports (PDF 84.2 KB)
1996-97 Database Reports (PDF 77.6 KB)
1995-96 Database Reports (PDF 79.9 KB) 

Grant Allocations – Financial Assistance Grants (FA Grants), Supplementary Local Road Funding and Special Local Roads Component of the Roads to Recovery Program

The Commission makes recommendations on the distribution of FA Grants to the State Minister for Planning and Local Government in late July/Early August, in accordance with the requirements of the National Principles contained in the Commonwealth Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (the Act).  

The Commission’s recommendations are endorsed by the State Minister for Planning and Local Government and sent to the Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government for approval.  The first instalment of FA Grants is usually made on or about (but no earlier than) 15 August each year, notwithstanding Brought Forward Payments.

The Supplementary Local Road Funding is allocated under the terms of a Project Agreement between the State Minister for Planning and Local Government and Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government.

Grants under the Roads to Recovery Program, including those provided under the Special Local Roads Program are allocated to Councils and a number of State Government authorities across Australia in accordance with the requirements of the National Land Transport Act 2014.

The following attachments provide details of the approved National, South Australian and individual FA Grant Allocations for all Local Governing Authorities.

National Allocations

The National allocations table provides a summary of the National allocation of the Final Estimated FA Grants for the new financial year and Actual FA Grants for the previous financial year.  This table includes the allocation of General Purpose Grants, Identified Local Road Grants and Total FA Grants for each State, by year, and shows the percentage and dollar increase for each State, the proportion of the pool of funding provided to each State and the total amount of available funding across Australia and each State.

2020-21 National Allocations Table (PDF 73 KB)

State Allocations

The State allocations table provides a summary of the South Australian allocation of the Final Estimated FA Grants for the new financial year and the Actual FA Grants for the previous year.  This table also includes information about other grant programs managed by the Commission (Supplementary Local Road Funding and the Special Local Roads Component of the Roads to Recovery Program), the proportion of funding allocated under the Special Local Roads Program and the total amount of funding allocated by the Commission in the relevant financial year.

2020-21 State Allocations Table (PDF 72 KB)

Council Allocations – the “Minister’s Sheet”

The Minister’s Sheet provides a summary of the South Australian allocation of the Final Estimated FA Grants for the coming year and the Actual FA Grants for the previous year by council, and includes allocations for the State’s 68 Councils, the Outback Communities Authority and the 5 Aboriginal Communities funded from the FA Grants program.  This information includes Special Local Roads Program out of the Identified Local Road Grants.

2020-21 Local Government Financial Assistance Grants - Summary (PDF 82 KB)

Proportion of Grants - Rural Versus Metro

The following summary provides a comparison of FA Grants, Supplementary Local Road Funding and Roads to Recovery funding allocated to metropolitan and rural councils under the Commission’s current distribution methodology.  This information was requested by the Federal Minister for the Commission’s 2020-21 grant recommendations.

2020-21 Metropolitan vs Rural Grants (PDF 207 KB)

Identified Local Road Grants – Model Summary

Calculation of the Identified Local Road Grants are provided below.  Distribution of the Identified Local Road Grants is based on the Commissions application of the National Principles of the Act, taking into account the 15% of the pool of funding set aside for the Special Local Roads Program before the remaining 85% is allocated in accordance with the Commission’s methodology.

Details on the methodology used to allocate the Identified Local Road Grants can be found in the Commission’s annual report.

It should be noted that changes in the allocation of Identified Local Road Grants from one year to the next are not generally constrained and the calculations provided below generally represent the final estimated allocations.

Identified Local Road Grants - Summary (PDF 71 KB)

General Purpose Grants – Model Summary

The calculations for the General Purpose Grants are provided below, on a yearly basis.  The calculation of the General Purpose Grants is based on the Commissions application of the National Principles of the Act.  A full explanation of the Commission’s methodology used to allocate the General Purpose Grants can be found in the Commission’s Annual Report.

Examination of the calculations in these sheets should take into account the following information:

Revenue Assessment Calculations

1. Units of Measure (UOM) - the Commission uses property values as the units of measure for the revenue calculations.  The Commission uses capital values in its calculations and assesses 5 separate land use types (residential, commercial, industrial, rural and other).  Valuation data is provided by the Valuer-General and the Commission adjusts the data to account for the exemptions and rebates provided under the Local Government Act 1999.

2. The SEIFA Index – the Commission uses the SEIFA (Socio Economic Index for Areas) from the ABS as a measure of capacity to pay and adjusts (increases or decreases) the units of measure for the residential and rural revenue calculations to account for relative advantage or disadvantage compared to the average across the State.  The index is centred around 1.  An index of below 1 indicates a reduced capacity to pay and an index above 1 indicates an increased capacity to pay.

3. Standard Rate in the Dollar – the Commission applies a standard rate in the dollar across its revenue assessments by dividing the total rate revenue across the State by the total valuations across the State (by land use type).

Subsidies Assessment Calculations

4.Subsidies
– “of right grants” provided to all councils (currently includes only the identified local road grants and libraries grants) are included in the subsidies assessment.  “Special effort” grants (grants applied for by councils) are not included in this assessment.

Expenditure Assessment Calculations

5.Units of Measure
– these measures are used by the Commission to determine the relative difference between all councils and the average across the State using the unit of measure as a “driver” of service delivery that is independent of the policy decision making process of individual councils, in accordance with the National Principles.

6.Standard Costs – the Commission applies a standard cost across each expenditure function assessed by dividing the total net cost of the function by the total units of measure.  This calculation provides the standard cost of providing the service assessed, per unit of measure.

7.CRI – the Commission applies CRI’s (Cost Relativity Indices) to expenditure assessments to take account of relative advantage or disadvantage for factors outside councils control.  For example, waste management has a “distance of collection route” CRI, which allows councils with longer to travel to collect waste to have that disadvantage recognised in the expenditure assessment for waste management.

Summary Calculations

8.Equal Per Capita Scaleback Percentage – this is the proportion of the pool of available funding that each non per capita minimum council would receive if the Commission did not take changes in grants into account, that is, did not apply constraints (caps and collars).  This is the proportion of the pool that the Commission “aims” to achieve, but does so by adjusting changes in grants using a gradual or phase in allocation process.

9.Raw Calculation Summary – the raw calculations for the revenue assessments, subsidies assessment and expenditure assessments are summed to provide a total raw calculation.  The raw calculation applies the National Principle of horizontal fiscal equalisation, as per the Act and as set out in the Commission’s Annual Report.  This is the mechanism by which the Commission assesses relative need for each council compared to the State average.  A negative total raw calculation indicates greater than average capacity and these councils are allocated a per capita minimum grant.  A positive total raw calculation indicates that a council has a below average capacity to provide services and a need for grant assistance and the raw calculation summary provides an indication of the “share” of the pool to which those councils are entitled.

It is important to note that the raw calculations at this point do not represent a final grant entitlement.  These calculations allow the Commission to identify per capita minimum councils and the proportion of the pool of general purpose grants payable to councils with an assessed need for grant assistance.

10.Per Capita applied Calculation Summary – the per capita applied calculation summary (highlighted in yellow) provides for the allocation of grants to per capita minimum councils, determines the remaining pool of funding available for distribution amongst non-per capita minimum councils and provides the Commission with information about increasing or decreasing grants for non per capita minimum councils from one year to the next.

Again, it is important to note that the per capita applied calculations do not represent a final grant entitlement.  These calculations allow the Commission to understand the amount available in the grant pool after grants are allocated to per capita minimum councils and changes in grants for non per capita minimum councils.

11.Estimated Grant Summary – the estimated grant summary (highlighted in green) represents the Commission’s final grant allocations and forms the basis of its recommendations to the Minister.  The final grant amounts take into consideration the Commission’s recommendations for changes in grants from one year to the next for each council and the application of constraints (caps and collars) to manage changes in grants.

2020-21 General Purpose Grants - Summary Model - Adelaide to Holdfast Bay (PDF 281 KB)

2020-21 General Purpose Grants - Summary Model - Kangaroo Island to Port Augusta (PDF 275 KB)

2020-21 General Purpose Grants - Summary Model - Port Lincoln to Yorke Peninsula (PDF 267 KB)

Special Local Roads Program

Under the terms of a long-standing arrangement between the Local Government Sector, the State Government and the Federal Government in place since 1985, 15% of each of the road funding programs provided to South Australia (i.e., the Identified Local Road Grants, Supplementary Local Road Funding and Roads to Recovery Program) contribute to grants funded under the Special Local Roads Program.

The Special Local Roads Program provides funding for roads of regional significance.   Projects identified by Councils are referred to respective Regional LGA’s or the Metropolitan Strategic Roads Committee (MSRC) and these bodies assess regional priorities.  The Regional LGA’s and the MSRC submit proposals to the Local Government Transport Advisory Panel (LGTAP) for assessment and the LGTAP makes to the Grants Commission for approval by the State and Federal Ministers.

The following files provide a summary of Special Local Road grants approved by the Federal Minister for the respective year, noting that grants can be provided to individual councils out of any of the 3 pools of funding that contribute to the Special Local Roads Program.

Special Local Roads Program 2020-21 (PDF 72 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2019-20 (PDF 70 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2018-19 (PDF 75 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2017-18 (PDF 84 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2016-17 (PDF 147 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2015-16 (PDF 70 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2014-15 (PDF 56 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2013-14 (PDF 53 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2012-13 (PDF 53 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2011-12 (PDF 53 KB) 
Special Local Roads Program 2010-11 (PDF 50 KB) 
Special Local Roads Program 2009-10 (PDF 50 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2008-09 (PDF 50 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2007-08 (PDF 54 KB) 
Special Local Roads Program 2006-07 (PDF 52 KB) 
Special Local Roads Program 2005-06 (PDF 51 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2004-05 (PDF 105 KB)
Special Local Roads Program 2003-04 (PDF 80 KB)

Grant Payments

The Commission makes a number of grant payments during the year.  These include Brought Forward Payments, quarterly payments of FA Grants, payment of the Supplementary Local Road Funding and payment of the Special Local Roads Component of the Roads to Recovery Funding.

Financial Assistance Grants - Quarterly Cash Payments

The following sheets provide a breakdown of the quarterly cash payments made by the Commission. Separate grant amounts are shown for the General Purpose Grants (GPG), the Identified Local Road Grants (ILRG) and the Special Local Road Grants - Identified Local Road Component (SLRP – ILRG).

The schedules provide details of the Final Estimated Grant, the previous year’s adjustment, the Brought Forward Payment paid in the previous financial year and the remaining cash to be paid in the current year.

Please note that the adjustment data provided in the schedule refers to the adjustment made by the Federal Government to account for revisions to the previous year’s estimated grant.  Under the Act, the Federal Treasurer is required to review his estimates of the FA Grants at the end of each year and adjust those estimates to reflect actual changes in population and the Consumer Price Index.  The Commission refers to the adjusted grant estimates from the previous year as “Actual Grants” for the previous year.

Grant payments to the State’s 68 councils are paid directly to the Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA) by the Commission for distribution to councils LGFA accounts.   Grant payments to the 5 Aboriginal Communities and the Outback Communities Authority funded by the FA Grants are paid directly to the Communities and Authority by the Commission.

Specific queries about this data should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

2020-21 quarterly cash payment schedule (PDF 327 KB)

Brought Forward Payments

Brought Forward Payments have been made by the Federal Government on a reasonably consistent basis since the first Brought Forward Payment of the 2009-10 Financial Assistance Grants were made in 2008-09.

There have been two financial years where Brought Forward Payments have not been made.  The 2014-15 and 2016-17 Financial Assistance Grants were not brought forward.   The first three Brought Forward Payments of the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 Financial Assistance Grants were made on the basis of an estimate of one quarter of those year’s grants. Subsequent Brought Forward Payments have been made on the basis of an estimate of two quarters (or 50%) of those year’s grants.

It should be noted that in all Brought Forward Payments, the amounts paid were estimates of the coming year’s grants and distributed on the basis of the current year’s approved recommendations.  Brought Forward Payments do not necessarily reflect the final grant outcomes for the coming financial year as they do not reflect the Commission’s approved recommendations, which are not approved by the Federal Minister until after the commencement of the year to which they relate.

Changes in relativities in the Commission’s recommendations from changes in data, changes in methodology, the Commission’s application of constraints to grant changes or Federal Government intervention (e.g. the indexation pause) can result in changes in grant outcomes that change the remainder of the grants payable for the coming year.

The schedules below provide summaries of Brought Forward Payments made to South Australian Councils (plus Aboriginal Communities and the Outback Communities Authority).  Please feel free to contact the Commission if you have any questions.

2020-21 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment paid in 2019-20 (PDF 460KB)
2019-20 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2018-19 (PDF 462 KB)
2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2017-18 (PDF 459 KB)
2017-18 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2016-17 (PDF 457 KB)
2015-16 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2014-15 (PDF 455 KB)
2013-14 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2012-13 (PDF 635 KB)
2012-13 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2011-12 (PDF 36 KB)
2011-12 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2010-11 (PDF 37 KB) 
2010-11 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2009-10 (PDF 38 KB)
2009-10 Financial Assistance Grants - Brought Forward Payment Paid in 2008-09 (PDF 38 KB)

Supplementary Local Road Funding

The current round of Supplementary Local Road Funding has been provided by the Federal Government as a “brought forward” payment, covering 2019-20 and 2020-21 - $20 million each year.  Formula funding (85% of the pool - $34 million) was paid in June 2019.  The remaining 15% that contributes to the Special Local Roads Program was paid in August 2019 and September 2020.

2019-20 and 2020-21 Supplementary Local Road Funding (PDF 48KB)

Reports over Time

The following links provide a range of data reports over time, which are used by the Commission for reference purposes.

Summary of Grant Funding to SA by Grant Funding Pool from 1974-75

This sheet provides a history of grant payments to South Australia from the Commencement of the FA Grants in 1974-75 (General Purpose Grants), the incorporation of the Identified Local Road Grants from 1991-92, the introduction of the Roads to Recovery Grants from 2001-02 and the Supplementary Local Road Funding from 2004-05.

Total Commonwealth Grants Summary 1974-75 to 2020-21 (PDF 250 KB)

FA Grants over Time by Council

This sheet provides a history of FA Grants payments (General Purpose Grants and Identified Local Road Grants) to all local governing authorities in SA, including the State’s 68 councils, the 5 Aboriginal Communities funded by the FA Grants program and the Outback Communities Authority.

FA Grants over Time (PDF 228 KB)

Raw Calculations, Per Capita Applied and Final Estimated Grants over Time

These sheets provide a history of the Commission’s raw calculations, per capita applied grants and final estimated grants over time.  

The raw calculations apply the National Principle of horizontal fiscal equalisation, as set out in the Commission’s Annual Report and is the mechanism by which the Commission assesses relative need for each council compared to the State average.  

A negative total raw calculation indicates greater than average capacity and these councils are provided with a per capita minimum grant.  A positive total raw calculation indicates that a council has a below average capacity to provide services and a need for grant assistance.

It is important to note that the raw calculations do not represent a final grant entitlement.  These calculations allow the Commission to identify per capita minimum councils and the proportion of the pool of general purpose grants payable to councils with an assessed need for grant assistance.  

The per capita applied grants calculation summary provides for the allocation of grants to per capita minimum councils, determines the remaining pool of funding available for distribution amongst non-per capita minimum councils and provides the Commission with information about increasing or decreasing grants for non per capita minimum councils from one year to the next.  

Again, it is important to note that the per capita applied calculations do not represent a final grant entitlement.  These calculations allow the Commission to understand the amount available in the grant pool after grants are allocated to per capita minimum councils and changes in grants for non per capita minimum councils.

The final estimated grant summary represents the Commission’s final grant allocations over time and forms the basis of its recommendations to the Minister.  The final grant amounts take into consideration the Commission’s recommendations for changes in grants from one year to the next for each council and the application of constraints (caps and collars) to manage changes in grants.

It is also worth noting at the bottom of each of the attached sheets, a brief explanation has been provided to outline any changes to the methodology or significant issues that impact on grant outcomes that may contribute to changes in grants for councils in the year in which the notation relates.

Specific queries about this data should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

Total Raw Calculations over Time 1998-99 to 2020-21 (PDF 306 KB)

Per Capita Applied Calculations over Time 1998-99 to 2020-21 (PDF 269 KB)

Final Estimated Grants over Time 1998-99 to 2020-21 (PDF 373 KB)

Expenditure Assessments over Time

This sheet provides a history of the expenditure assessments (functions) used by the Commission over time between the 1996-97 major review and up to the 2019-20 review.  In reviewing the expenditure assessments, the Commission is attempting to maximise the assessment of expenditure need for all councils, applying a relevant unit of measure (see the Commission’s Annual Report for further detail) and meeting the needs of evolving service delivery demands from local communities.

Expenditure Functions over Time (PDF 75 KB)

Model Constraints (Caps and Collars) over Time

This sheets provides a history of the Commission’s application of constraints applied to the General Purpose Grants over time.  The Commission uses constraints in its methodology as part of making its recommendations on grant outcomes to the Minister for approval because it has a responsibility to provide for “certainty of funding” in accordance with the Objects of the Federal Legislation.  

Constraints are applied by the Commission to account for a range of issues that impact on grant outcomes from one year to the next, including unforeseen changes in data from one year to the next, specific policy choices made by the Federal Government (e.g., the indexation pause) and changes to the methodology made by the Commission. These issues can often result in significant changes in grant outcomes for a range of councils.  
The Commission applies its judgement in the application of constraints and its recommendations of a Final Estimated General Purpose Grant to ensure that changes in grant occur in a gradual way that can be managed by affected councils within their yearly operational budgets.

Specific queries about the Commission’s application of constraints should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

General Purpose Grants - Model Constraints over Time 1997-98 to 2020-21 (PDF 134 KB)

Special Local Roads Program over Time

The Commission maintains a record of funding allocations under the Special Local Roads Program as per the files below.  The information below provides a history of grants provided by Regional/Metropolitan LGA, by council within the Regional/Metropolitan LGA and the total Special Local Road Grant allocations by council over time.

For the annual allocations and project details from the Special Local Roads Program for the current financial year and previous years, see this link.

Other Information Collected by the Commission

The Commission collects a range of different data sets as part of its process of making recommendations on the distribution of FA Grants and other grant programs and for a range of stakeholders including the LGA and the State and Federal Governments.  The following files have been provided for information.  

Specific queries about the following data sets or other data collected by the Commission should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

Local Government Road Lengths

As part of the distribution of the Identified Local Road Grants and the assessment of relative need for the General Purpose Grants, the Commission maintains a local roads Geographical Information System (GIS).  The Commission has been maintaining its GIS for around 20 years and this process is currently under review.

The latest collection of road lengths used by the Commission in the grant recommendations is provided below and includes details of the road lengths for each council, broken up into the following categories:

  • Sealed Roads in Built-up Areas
  • Sealed Roads in Non Built-up Areas
  • Formed Roads (unsealed) in Built-up Areas
  • Formed roads (unsealed) in Non Built-up Areas
  • Unformed Roads
  • Total Roads
  • Sealed Laneways
  • Unsealed Laneways
  • Total Roads (including Laneways)

2019 Local Government Road Lengths (PDF 74 KB)

Estimated Resident Population over Time

The Commission collects information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on population ever year for use in the grant recommendations.  The assessment of relative need for the General Purpose Grants uses a 3 year average of population in the calculations and the final Estimated General Purpose Grants are allocated on the basis of the most recent population estimates.  The Identified Local Road Grants are also allocated on the basis of the most recent population estimates.

The file below provides the Commission’s summary of the Estimated Resident Population from the ABS over time for SA.

Estimated Resident Population (including Unincorporated Areas) 2019 (PDF 201 KB)

Valuations Data

Valuations data from the Office of the Valuer-General is a central element of the Commission’s methodology and assessment of capacity to raise revenue.  Valuation data is extracted from the Valuer-General’s South Australian Integrated Land Information Management System (SAILIS) and is downloaded by the Commission as close as practicable to 1 January each year.

The Commission uses capital value in its calculations and considers 5 land use types – Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Rural and Other.  Property valuation data collected by the Commission is provided below (by property type and in total) for your information and this information is also provided in the Commission’s Database Reports.

It is important to note that valuations data provided by the Valuer-General has been adjusted by the Commission to take account of a range of factors that impact on councils’ capacity to raise revenue.  These factors primarily arise from the requirements to provide exemptions and rebates under the Local Government Act 1999.

It should also be noted that valuations data used by the Commission in its grant calculations is averaged over three years, in order to reduce the impacts of significant fluctuations from one year to the next.

Specific queries about the following data sets or other data collected by the Commission should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

Valuations over Time 1997 to 2019 (PDF 435 KB)

Revenue and Expenditure used in the Commission’s Model

Another central element of the Commission’s methodology includes the requirement to take into account revenue and expenditure of local government in the assessment of relative need.  The Commission includes revenue and expenditure by collecting a detailed breakdown of council revenue and expenditure by function.  Net expenditure across a standard range of services is then included in the calculations of the FA Grants.

The following sheets provide information about the items from the Commission’s Supplementary Return that are used by the Commission in its methodology.  It should be noted that while the Commission aims to take 100% of operating expenditure in its assessment, revenue and expenditure relating to “business undertakings”, administration, plant hire and governance are not included.

Specific queries about the following data set or other data collected by the Commission should be referred to the Commission by telephone 08 7109 7164 or by email to grants.commission@sa.gov.au

Purpose Code Summary 2018-19 (PDF 240 KB)

Contact

The Commission is committed to continually improving the quality of our services to local governing bodies and visitors to the site. As we value your feedback, please contact us as follows:

Email

grants.commission@sa.gov.au

Postal Address

GPO Box 2329
ADELAIDE SA 5001

Location

Level 3
77 Grenfell Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000