Infrastructure and Asset Management

The Issue

Councils manage a wide variety of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, stormwater drains, culverts, footpaths, parks, community facilities and more. Our communities rely on the use of Local Government infrastructure as part of our everyday lives at home and for work.

Councils aim to deliver infrastructure that meets the requirements of their community.  However, it is an ongoing challenge for councils to provide and maintain infrastructure that matches these expectations, within the costs that communities are prepared to pay to achieve it.  To do this, councils must carefully manage their infrastructure via detailed financial and asset planning.

Local roads and bridges make up a significant proportion of councils’ assets, with Local Government in Tasmania managing 80% of the State’s public road In addition to providing community access, local roads are essential to support local economies. This includes providing access to heavy vehicles. These vehicles have a disproportionally high impact on roads and structures, but are also critically important for productivity and freight. Supporting the productivity that heavy vehicles bring to Tasmania requires funding for the wear and tear they have on local roads.

The Tasmanian Government imposes a Motor Tax on heavy vehicles to recover the cost of road wear and tear from heavy vehicles. Despite Tasmanian councils supporting 8% of heavy vehicle transport movements on roads that they manage, the Tasmanian Government shares only 1.7% (and falling) of the Heavy Vehicle Motor Tax revenue with councils to provide heavy vehicle access and support Tasmania’s economy.

Did you know?

Public Roads

Councils own and manage around 14,470 km of public roads or 80% of the Tasmanian public road network

Asset Share

Whilst Local Government provides 25% of infrastructure assets in Australia, councils only receive 4% of tax revenue to manage those assets.

Freight Movement

According to the most recent Tasmanian Freight Survey, Local Government supported around 8% of road freight transport.

How LGAT is advocating for our members

LGAT continues to support councils’ hard work in managing infrastructure networks through the development of resources, training and guidance material, as well as submissions to key Tasmanian and Australian Government consultations with the sector.

Financial and Asset Management 

LGAT has supported the development of a suite of resources and the delivery of training to support Tasmanian councils’ financial and asset management.  LGAT also facilitates the Tasmanian Asset Management Group (TAMG), with participation from both expert and new professionals from councils, the Tasmanian Government and public infrastructure corporations.

Council Officers - for more information on the financial and asset management resources we have available for councils or to connect with the TAMG, please visit the LGAT Extranet.

Development Standards 

LGAT works collaboratively with the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia – Tasmania Division to develop and maintain a suite of documents that provide standards for development.  These are publicly available at the Development Requirements - Tasmanian Municipal Standards page.

Infrastructure Visioning – Local and State Collaboration

LGAT continues to advocate for coherent interface and planning between State and Local Government-managed infrastructure networks based on sound principles of asset management.  In our submission response to the Tasmanian Government’s consultation draft, Our Infrastructure Future – 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, LGAT highlighted the missing connection with Local Government’s role in delivering and managing community infrastructure that is critical to supporting the lifestyles that Tasmanians enjoy.

Heavy Vehicles 

LGAT supports the best practice collaboration between the Tasmanian Government, Council  road managers, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and industry in delivering nation-leading heavy vehicle access to the Tasmanian road network whilst maintaining the safety of other road users.  This Tasmanian Government led collaboration has focused on:

  • Maximising efficient and safe heavy vehicle access and minimising permit assessment times
  • Understanding and unlocking available capacity in bridge structures and road networks to support safe and productive heavy vehicle access
  • Professionally, transparently and equitably managing the risks to road and bridge assets and community safety

To see what part of the Tasmanian road network your heavy vehicle can access, see the Tasmania's Heavy Vehicle Access Management System (HVAMS).

LGAT continues to advocate on behalf of Tasmanian councils to the National Transport Commission (NTC) in its Heavy Vehicle National Law Review project.  LGAT made its first submission to the NTC’s Easy Access to Suitable Routes – Issues Paper, and can be accessed from our submissions page.

Next Steps 

LGAT will continue to advocate for the Tasmanian Local road manager position on the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle National Law Review to ensure Tasmania’s excellent level of access is not compromised by changes to the National Law.