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Tasmanian Local Government Awards for Excellence 

The annual Local Government Awards for Excellence, sponsored by MAV Insurance, aim to promote outstanding achievement and  inspire leading management practice and continuous improvement among Tasmanian councils.  The awards are presented for initiatives that have, or are delivering positive benefits for Tasmanian communities.

The Awards for Excellence recognize and reward councils for their hard work benefiting local communities. The Awards celebrate and raise awareness of successful Local Government projects and promote networks and collaboration between Local Government organisations.

 Awards for Excellence 2019


***Thank you to all those who have applied. The application process is now closed*** 

It’s time to celebrate the good things your council does for your community by nominating them for the 2019 Local Government  Awards for Excellence 

The judging criteria are straight forward, focusing on excellence, innovation and community outcomes.

We aim to make the application process flexible, to reflect the wide range of innovative activities your council undertakes.

Guidelines click here



Winners of 2018 Awards for Excellence: Brighton Council and Circular Head Council

Photo: Dr Katrena Stepehsnon LGAT CEO, Mayor Daryl Quilliam Circular Head Council, James Dryburgh Brighton Council, Mayor Doug Chipman, LGAT President

Awards for Excellence 2018










Congratulations to Brighton Council winner of Delivering Excellence – Larger Councils (population over 15,000) for their innovative development of CouncilWise.

CouncilWise is a wholly council owned subsidiary to develop, integrate and market Council’s in house developed software platform to Local Government customers.

Recognising a gap in the market for a specialised software product to manage the core functions of Local Government and the challenges associated with bringing an external provided up to speed on Local Government’s specific needs, Brighton Council took the unusual step of supporting a staff member with programming experience to write a new solution. The result was a specialised Local Government user pays software program created under the Council owned subsidiary named Microwise.

Other councils in Tasmania, Australia and internationally quickly became interested in the product and it began generating significant revenue for Council. Brighton Council recognised the need to successfully market their product and created a second subsidiary CouncilWise.  CouncilWise quickly gained clients in Tasmania, Australia and internationally.  

In 2017 Brighton Council went entirely serverless, moving CouncilWise to the Cloud. Going cloud based meant reducing costs by removing server infrastructure and eliminating the risk of server crashes and the need to backup files. Excitingly, Council was then successful in negotiating an international business deal to develop and promote the CouncilWise product’s deployment in the cloud with Microsoft in the Australasian region.  

By forming a company and going to market with its software solution, Brighton Council went from being simply a consumer of Microsoft services to an actual commercial partner, and this is of greater benefit to ratepayers.

Congratulations to Circular Head Council  winner of Delivering Excellence – Smaller Councils (population under 15,000) Category for their inclusive Art About Town program

Art About Town is a month-long celebration of art and culture throughout Circular Head delivered in partnership between Council, the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, local artists, business owners, schools and community members. The Program aims to build community capacity, promote inclusion and encourage the community to embrace difference and celebrate diversity.   It also brings many visitors to the region.

An ‘art trail’ with an annual theme created in the central Smithton area to increase the area’s liveability and sense of belonging. Pop up art galleries are created in unused shops and buildings, along with street art and performance, mural decorate walls and the “Chartchibald” portraiture competition features portraits of local residents, displayed in the local café.  

Voting cards during the month promotes physical activity through encouraging locals and visitors to walk between displays and vote on their favourite art piece. Council has adopted a continuous rotation replacement strategy for art displays in consultation with building owners and art works are replaced every five years to keep works at a high standard.  

Long after the event, street art works are regularly visited, photographed and talked about by locals and tourists and shared on social media. The Program builds a sense of belonging and the art creates a unique reason to visit Smithton and is a permanent investment the community.   

For enquiries about the Local Government Awards for Excellence, email or phone (03) 6233 5966.

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For details of the 2017 winners, click here

For details of the 2016 winners, click here

For details of the 2015 winners, click here

For details of the 2014 winners, click here

For details of the 2013 winners, click here
2013 Local Government Awards for Excellence Winners Project Summaries(310 kb)

For details of the 2012 winners, click here

2011 Awards for Excellence Media Release 2011%20Awards%20for%20Excellence%20Media%20Release (92 kb)
2011 Awards for Excellence Winners Project Summaries 2011%20Awards%20for%20Excellence%20Winners%20Project%20Summaries (32 kb)

2010 Awards for Excellence Media Release 2010%20Awards%20for%20Excellence%20Media%20Release (84 kb)
2010 Awards for Excellence Winners Project Summaries 2010%20Awards%20for%20Excellence%20Winners%20Project%20Summaries (113 kb)

For details of the 2009 winners, click here

For details of the 2008 winners, click here.

For details of the 2007 winners, click here

For details of the 2006 winners, click here.

For details of the 2005 winners, click here.

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