Restore Indexation to Financial Assistance Grants

Restore Indexation to Financial Assistance Grants

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The indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments to local government is an issue that impacts on every council across Australia.

The annual indexation of FAGs is currently frozen and, although the 2016-17 Federal budget out-years signalled an expectation that indexation would return from 2017-18, our sector has received no guarantees from the Government that it will restore FAGs indexation in the budget in May.

We must take a stand now to lock in the Government's support and commitment to restore indexation as signalled in the last budget.

Our message to the Government is clear: End the Freeze, Restore ...

The indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments to local government is an issue that impacts on every council across Australia.

The annual indexation of FAGs is currently frozen and, although the 2016-17 Federal budget out-years signalled an expectation that indexation would return from 2017-18, our sector has received no guarantees from the Government that it will restore FAGs indexation in the budget in May.

We must take a stand now to lock in the Government's support and commitment to restore indexation as signalled in the last budget.

Our message to the Government is clear: End the Freeze, Restore Indexation.

Your efforts to take this battle to your local Federal MP will help amplify our message through every Federal member into every party room.

Your support will also help the sector as a whole secure ongoing financial security from the Commonwealth.

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Email your federal member

Nothing gets the attention of politicians, the party room or party leadership better than local stories from the front line of local community governance - you. 

 

Your email to your federal member will make them aware of the real impact of the FAGs indexation freeze on your community. You can find your council's local rep by entering your council address.

 

Read the email tips below for ways to maximise the impact of your email.

Compose your email

Email Tips +

  • How to tailor your email: This will help your elected representative understand the link between FAGs and their electorate. The more local examples you can use in your email, the more impact it is likely to have.
  • 1) Where possible, tailor your email to highlight the important role Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) funding plays in your local community, including the specific services and infrastructure that they fund -a good place to do this is after  the 2nd paragraph in the template email
  • 2) You can also include the specific local issues faced by your council as a result of the freeze to FAGs indexation after the 4th paragraph in the template email (the one that starts with "As a council in your electorate..."). 
  • Personalise your relationship: If you have previously met with the elected representative, or if they've attended your council event etc, say so. Your email will be more effective if you include this information.
  • Include your council and council address at the bottom of your email: Identify your council as a constituent by including your address when you write to your elected representative. Your Federal MP is more likely to pay attention to your email if they know your council is in their electoral district.