It has been a long time coming but Joint Organisations are now here. After the last few years it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts to this latest voluntary program of the Office of Local Government.
Joint Organisations have long been seen as a key part of the reform process and an evolution of the existing ROCs. Providing a stronger model for regional collaboration and service delivery, they may offer opportunities to deliver benefits to councils and their ratepayers. It also follows an international trend we are seeing away from local government mergers towards regional solutions tailored to the area and its particular needs.