Pre-Conference Workshop 
7 December 2016 | 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Achieving Ongoing Financial Sustainability in Local Government 
This workshop will have practical emphasis and will encourage discussion and consideration of actual council financial data. 
Key Learning Objectives:
  • Being able to identify key messages in financial statements
  • Understanding extent of need to improve financial sustainability and practical options
  • Implications of not improving financial sustainability
  • Appropriate extent of use of borrowing
  • Responsible financial target setting

Workshop Leader:
John Comrie,
JAC Comrie Pty Ltd
Workshop Agenda
8:30  Registration and Welcome Coffee 
Session 1: 9.00 – 10.30 
  • Interpreting financial statements – an overview
  • What’s different about local government & why does it matter for financial decisions
  • Appropriate local government financial indicators and targets

10.30   Morning Break
Session 2: 11.00 – 12.30 
  • Key strategies to ensure ongoing financial sustainability
  • Appropriate use of debt in LG
  • Tips and traps re reliable local government accounting data

12.30  Networking Lunch
Session 3: 1.15 –2.00 
  • Sound long-term financial planning
  • Cost effective asset management planning in LG

2.00    Afternoon Break
Session 4: 2.30 –4.00 
  • Achieving financial sustainability - practical hands-on illustrative exercise drawing on earlier learnings
  • Review of actual council data -assessing what councils need to focus on & do

4:00  End of Workshop

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