Tasmanian Council Data Dashboard

The Local Government Board has published the Tasmanian Councils Data Dashboard to support the community to engage with the Future of Local Government Review.  The Dashboard provides information on some of the key activities and operations of Tasmanian councils using publicly available data sets. Data in the Dashboard is drawn from four main sources – the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the annual council Consolidated Data Collection, councils’ own audited financial reports, and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

Detailed instructions for using the Dashboard are set out in this information sheet.

Important information about the dashboard

The Dashboard is designed as a simple, interactive tool designed to help people understand the diversity of Tasmanian councils and the communities they serve. It includes a local community ‘snapshot’ for each of the State’s 29 councils, as well as data from the last five financial years covering:

  • Financial and asset management
  • Infrastructure
  • Rates and other revenue
  • Government grants
  • Planning and other regulatory activities
  • Governance and representation
  • Workforce

You can find out more about each of the data items in the Dashboard, including how they are calculated, what they show, and where the data has been sourced from by reading this information sheet. It should be noted that there are significant differences between some Tasmanian councils, in terms of the services they provide, the needs of their residents, and their sources of revenue. Therefore, data shown in the Dashboard needs to be considered in context, and no single data item should be used to make judgments about council performance and sustainability. The main objective of the Dashboard is to allow the community and councils themselves the chance to look at recent trends to help build collective understanding about the current shape and state of the Tasmanian local government sector.

The Dashboard allows you to look at data on a council-by-council basis, as well as select multiple councils for comparison.  The Dashboard also allows comparisons on a regional basis (North West, North, and South). Caution should be exercised when comparing councils with very different characteristics – for example urban councils with large populations with rural councils with small populations. To see how a council compares with other similar councils, you can use the Dashboard to compare councils that fit within the same group under the Australian Classification of Local Governments (see below).

The Board will be collating additional data on a range of topics to help it make decisions about potential areas for reform, and may revise, update and/or augment the Dashboard as the Review progresses. To stay informed about new data releases from the Board, you can sign up to receive the Review newsletter.

Disclaimer

Please note that the Dashboard relies on data provided by councils and other entities. The Local Government Board does not guarantee that data from particular sources is correct. Additionally, while the Board has used its best endeavours to provide complete data sets for all items presented in the Dashboard, there are a small number of instances where data is not available in a given year because it has not been reported by the relevant council.