Restore Indexation to Financial Assistance Grants


Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) are a vital payment from the Commonwealth to local councils that make up part of the revenue base of all councils.

These untied payments are essential and allow local councils to provide a reasonable level of service to their local residents. Councils invest these funds in areas such as maintaining a range of infrastructure including local roads, bridges, parks, swimming pools, libraries and community halls as well as services to the young, the elderly and community groups.

The decision in the 2014 Federal Budget to freeze indexation of FAGs for three years was disappointing. According to the Government’s own estimates, the freeze will see councils miss out on nearly $1 billion over the four years to 30 June 2018. Councils in regional and remote Australia in particular will have felt the biggest impact.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) welcomed the indication of a return of FAGs indexation in last year’s Budget outyears. However, to date, the local government sector has received no firm guarantee that the Government will indeed restore indexation to FAGs in the upcoming 2017-18 Federal Budget.

Through this campaign, ALGA is reminding the Commonwealth of its commitment to local government.

Here is some more information about Financial Assistance Grants.


Media contact:

Sharon Akinyi, Director Public Affairs, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 0418 415 649, [email protected]


Available for interview:

Mayor David O’Loughlin, President Australian Local Government Association (high resolution head shot available at this Dropbox link)

Please also feel free to contact your local council for local media opportunities.


Latest news:

9/5/2017 - ALGA - Federal budget: Local councils applaud indexation return

8/5/2017 - Bundaberg Regional Council - Council seeks fair share of tax "pie" in Budget announcement

8/5/2017 - The Irrigator - Banking on the budget

5/5/2017 - Blue Mountains Gazette - Funding delivered for Wentworth Falls Lake upgrade

4/5/2017 - - No word on end to FAGs freeze

4/5/2017 - South Burnett Times - SDRC looks for funding in Federal Budget

28/4/2017 - Stephen Jones MP - Tasmanian councils need funding boost

27/4/2017 - Bega District News - ‘We are behind the eight-ball’: Mayor calls for an end to grant freeze

24/4/2017 - - Push to restore council funding after $1.4m loss

21/4/2017 - Bendigo Weekly - No frills budget

20/4/2017 - The Area News - Freeze on federal assistance has cost Griffith half a million in three years

20/4/2017 - Latrobe Valley Express - Low rates rise proposed

19/4/2017 - Riverine Herald - Councils lobby for more funding

18/4/2017 - Government News - Around the councils

18/4/2017 - Gippsland Times - Wellington wants more federal govt funding

17/4/2017 - The Riverina Leader - Labor councillor Dan Hayes backs Bill Shorten's call to lift Abbott-era budget cuts

17/4/2017 - Port Stephens Examiner - Port Stephens Council calls on federal government to restore indexation on financial assistance grants

14/4/2017 - Whitsunday Times - Labor senator wants funding boost for Gladstone council

13/4/2017 - The Irrigator - Council call out to claw back funds

13/4/2017 - Gannawarra Times - Call for extra council funds

11/4/2017 - - ALP backs push to unfreeze grants

11/4/2017 - ALGA - Council funding must be a budget focus

11/4/2017 - Australian Labor Party - Labor calls for boost to local economies

11/4/2017 - Bendigo Advertiser - Bendigo council boss supports proposal to fast-track grants but says indexation freeze must be reversed

11/4/2017 - Illawarra Mercury - 'We've missed out on $1.2m': call to fast-track council cash after funding freeze

11/4/2017 - Yahoo!7 News - Give local councils cash injection: Labor

11/4/2017 - The Australian - Labor: pay $619m early 'to stimulate councils'

11/4/2017 - The Age - 'Shot in the arm': Shorten calls for $620m council stimulus package

6/4/2017 - Riverine Herald - Council calls on govt to unfreeze grant cash

6/4/2017 - The Flinders News, Northern Argus - Wakefield Regional Council join the fight to make federal government drop grant freeze

4/4/2017 - Wakefield Regional Council - End the freeze on financial assistance grants

4/4/2017 - - May Budget may lift freeze on council lifelines to fix potholes, upgrade childcare centres

31/3/2017 - Shepparton News - Unfreeze plea

30/3/2017 - The Standard - Council's call to restore indexation

30/3/2017 - The Coffs Coast Advocate - End the freeze (contribution by Coffs Harbour Mayor)

29/3/2017 - The Examiner - Federal government pressured to return indexation to council grants

29/3/2017 - Shepparton News - Restore indexation: Berrigan council

29/3/2017 - South Coast Register - Federal funds freeze eats into services, says Shoalhaven Mayor

27/3/2017 - Financial Services Career - Councils cry out for funding return

27/3/2017 - Wangaratta Chronicle - $11.8m freeze would hit hard

26/3/2017 - LGNSW - Feds must fix FAGs

22/3/2017 - The Wimmera Mail-Times, Ararat Advertiser and Stawell Times-News - Horsham Rural City Council joins national campaign to unfreeze federal financial assistance grants

22/3/2017 - The Armidale Express - Armidale Regional Council is pushing the Federal Government to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants in the upcoming budget

22/3/2017 - The Standard - Council is backing a call by the MAV to lift the freeze on financial assistance grants

21/3/2017 - Bendigo Advertiser - Financial assistance grants indexation freeze cost council $1m over two years

20/3/2017 - Glen Innes Examiner - Glen Innes Severn Council is pushing the Federal Government to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants in the upcoming budget

19/3/2017 - MAV - End the freeze, restore indexation

16/3/2017 - The Wimmera Mail-Times - Hindmarsh hurts under freeze

13/3/2017 - The Examiner - Australian Local Government Association continue push for unfreeze of indexation of Financial Assistance Grants payments

3/3/2017 - - Residents Urged To Join Council Campaign

28/2/2017 - Southern Highland News - Council to advocate increased Federal Assistance Grants for roads in Highlands

20/2/2017 - - Members Hold Out Hope For Region

18/2/2017 - - South Burnett Rates ‘Could Rise 12pc’

9/2/2017 - The Examiner - Australian Local Government Association pushes for return of the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants

23/1/2017 - ALGA - Councils call on Treasurer to deliver on promise in May budget