The SA Local Government Grants Commission (LGGC) makes recommendations to the minister about distributing commonwealth financial assistance to local authorities in South Australia.
Federal grants help councils provide a level of service to their communities. The grants are provided to councils established under the Local Government Act 1999 and prescribed bodies under the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission Act 1992.
The national principles offer a consistent way to distribute grants to local governments. The LGGC applies these principles in South Australia.
Local government consultation
The SA LGGC carries out regular visits to councils to:
- explain how the commission works
- raise queries with councils about information submitted in their financial statements, general information returns and submissions
- encourage discussion between the commission and council about both the grant calculation procedures and to address any issues councils experience with current procedures
- inspect, if necessary, physical features or structures, which are relevant to the distribution of funds.
- 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)
Care should be taken when comparing or interpreting the figures of individual councils. Data is best viewed with 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)
Financial assistance grants - quarterly cash payments
The quarterly schedule provides a summary of payments to be made to South Australian councils (plus Aboriginal communities and the Outback Communities Authority).
Grant payments are generally paid on the 15th of the month (or the next business day) for each quarterly payment
Brought forward payments
Some payments are brought forward from the yearly estimate and paid to states ahead of time.
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 payments of the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 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.
Brought forward payments do not always reflect the final grant outcomes for the coming financial year. They do not reflect the commission’s approved recommendations, which are not approved by the federal minister until after the start of each year.
The schedules below provide summaries of brought forward payments made to South Australian councils (plus Aboriginal communities and the Outback Communities Authority).
- 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
An additional allocation of funds is provided in South Australian through the Supplementary Local Road Funding program.
It addresses the inequity that exists in the allocation of local road grants. South Australia receives 5.5% of the national allocation and local government maintains approximately 11.8% of the national local road network and has approximately 7% of the population.
Special local roads program
Funding for roads of regional significance is provided through the Special Local Roads program
The local government sector, state government and the federal government have a long standing arrangement where 15% of each of road funding program provided to South Australia contributes to grants funded under the Special Local Roads Program.
Projects identified by councils are referred to the regional local government authorities 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) and the LGTAP makes recommendations to the Grants Commission for approval by the state and federal ministers.
The following summaries show Special Local Road grants approved by the federal minister. The grants can be provided to individual councils from any of the 3 pools of funding that contribute to the program.
- 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)
GPO Box 2329
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: grants.commission [at] sa.gov.au