Three of a kind? The special case of Australia's Island Councils

Sinnewe, Elisabeth, Kortt, Michael A., Dollery, Brian, & Hayward, Philip (2015) Three of a kind? The special case of Australia's Island Councils. Economic Papers, 34(3), pp. 150-164.

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Abstract

In common with many other countries, Australian local government policymakers have focussed heavily on improving financial sustainability and operational efficiency through structural change and other modes of systemic reform. However, this system-wide approach cannot adequately deal with small island councils due to their sui generis characteristics. In an effort to fill this gap in the literature, this article examines the financial sustainability of Australia’s three island councils – Flinders, Kangaroo and King – over the period 2008–2013 in order to determine whether alternative organisational arrangements may be better suited to their unique circumstances. In so doing, our study contributes to the literature by providing the first empirical analysis of the financial viability of Australia’s island councils while considering the need for an alternative organisation entity in an effort to enhance their long-term financial sustainability.

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ID Code: 84684
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Local government, Island councils, Financial sustainability
DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12102
ISSN: 1759-3441
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Economic Society of Australia
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2015 22:46
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 04:43

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