What We Do

LGAT provides specialist services to its member councils including policy and strategic support, information and learning for Local Government elected members and officers and procurement of employee relations and insurance services. Please watch the video to find out more about what LGAT does from CEO DR Katrena Stephenson.

LGAT also coordinates the Tasmanian Local Government Awards for Excellence, the annual Tasmanian Local Government conference and LGAT ASSIST.

Strategic Plan

The LGAT Strategic Plan is devised by the Association's General Management Committee in conjunction with the CEO and Secretariat.  The Strategic Plan outlines the broad direction for the Association over a five year period.  For more information on the Association's current Strategic Plan and Annual Plans, click here.

Intergovernmental Relations

LGAT is the link between the Commonwealth, Tasmanian State and Local Government on matters of policy, finance, legislation/regulation and roles and functions. In fulfilling this role,  LGAT consults with councils and coordinates communication between these levels of government. LGAT strives to equally and fairly represent councils on matters of common interest.

Policy & Legislation

LGAT presents Local Government policy in deliberations with other spheres of government and to interest groups such as industry and the community. Local Government policy is developed through a range of mechanisms including the LGAT General Management Committee and General Meetings, working groups, workshops and committees.

LGAT seeks to ensure that Local Government policy objectives are presented during the development of legislation and that potential impacts on councils and their operations are fully considered.

Local Government Representation

Council members, council officers and LGAT employees represent Local Government interests on a wide range of statutory authorities and government and non-govenment committees.

If you are a Local Government elected member and wish to know more about Local Government representation click here.  If you are an officer of Local Government and wish to know more about Local Government representation click here.



LGAT provides advice to councils on intergovernmental relations, policy and legislation. This advice is provided through publications, general correspondence, executive development programs and seminars.

Recognition and Reward

LGAT, at the request of councils, awards service certificates to recognise the contribution of elected members and officers to Local Government in Tasmania. Councillors click here.  Council officers click here.

LGAT coordinates the annual Tasmanian Local Government Awards For Excellence to recognise councils that add value to Local Government through best practice, exemplary policy and service. For more information click here.


Keeping councils informed of current developments is achieved through regular correspondence and publications produced by LGAT.  Click for more information. Click to access newsletters and monthly reports.

LGAT also publicises the views of Local Government via the media. Click to access media releases.


Professional Development

LGAT provides a cost effective professional development program which is responsive to the needs of councils, elected members and staff. Seminars, specialised workshops and forums are held to provide information and an avenue for policy development.
Click to access Professional Development and Training Opportunities.

Business Services

Commercial services negotiated by LGAT provide councils with access to a growing range of goods and services on terms more favourable than would be available to them individually.

Annual Report

The LGAT annual report provides a useful summary of activities. To go to annual reports, click here.