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STATE AND TERRITORY PLANS
‘Tasmania is an island community, unique for its natural and cultural environment, where people enjoy a prosperous lifestyle based on quality, creativity and opportunity.’ – Tasmania together.
‘Tasmania together’ has been the principal body through which state plans have been developed in Tasmania since 2001. It is implemented by a Statutory Authority, is legislated under the Tasmania Together Progress Board Act 2001, and is overseen by the Tasmania Together Progress Board. Every five years, the board conducts a consultation to identify contemporary social, environmental and economic issues of importance to Tasmanians. The board also monitors progress towards the achievement of the goals and benchmarks identified.
An update of the plan, released in 2011, aims to support Tasmanians in achieving long-term social, economic and environmental goals. It provides a system of community goal setting and progress measurement, currently comprising 12 goals and 155 benchmarks that reflect the priorities expressed during extensive community consultation processes (held in 2000, 2005 and 2011). The 12 goals identified are:
South Australian Strategic Plan
‘This Plan reflects the input of communities throughout the state, and their aspirations for how we can best continue to grow and prosper; how we can most effectively balance our economic, social and environmental aspirations in a way that improves our overall well-being, and creates even greater opportunities.’ – SA strategic plan.
The ‘South Australian strategic plan’ was developed with direct input from the South Australian community and includes submissions and work from over 9,200 South Australians. The strategic plan is managed by the SA Cabinet Office which drives implementation of the Plan.
The 2011 plan is the second update since its original release in 2004 (the first update was in 2007). It is a blueprint for developing South Australia’s prosperity and well-being, and aims to continue improvements. It contains a total of 100 targets categorised across fourteen broad areas. The fourteen areas and targets identified in the plan are:
The Canberra Plan
‘[T]his document will be a launching pad for serious and thorough community conversations about issues that go to the heart of who we are as a city—conversations about future urban form and sustainable transport, conversations about reducing our ecological footprint, and conversations about the implications of our shifting demographic.’ – The Canberra plan.
The 2008 ‘Canberra plan’ sets out goals and describes a vision for the future directions of the national capital. It guides growth and development for the current generation and beyond, setting out a strategy that responds to challenges facing the city. The Plan reflects Canberrans’ views, and is formulated via ongoing Australian Capital Territory Government consultation with stakeholders and the community on a wide range of issues. For example, the business community and tertiary sectors were consulted about the main economic and regional issues facing the ACT. Fourteen strategic themes are identified in the plan for ACT Government priority:
NSW 2021: A plan to make NSW number one
‘NSW 2021 is driving our agenda for change in NSW to: restore economic growth; return quality health, transport, education, police, justice and community services, putting customer service at the heart of service design; build infrastructure that drives our economy and improves people’s lives; strengthen our local environments, devolve decision making and return planning powers to the community; and restore accountability and transparency to government, and give the community a say in decisions affecting their lives.’ – NSW 2021.
‘NSW 2021: a plan to make NSW number one’ was released in 2011. The report identifies the priorities for government action that the New South Wales Government intends to achieve over the next decade. The document also guides resource allocation and brings together important documents for local and regional areas. The plan was developed through a consultation process with communities across NSW. Progress is measured against five strategies linked to 32 goals, 186 targets and 281 measures. The five areas identified are:
Queensland Government Action Plan: Getting Queensland Back on Track
‘This plan sets out the priorities and deliverables for the next six months and will be the next yardstick used to measure our progress in returning prosperity, accountability and opportunity to this state.’ – Queensland Government action plan.
Though not a long-term state plan, the recently elected Queensland Government action plan articulates a vision for a strong, healthy and fair state. The report is an immediate priority plan that aims to set the course of the government’s first 100 days in office. It supersedes the ‘Towards Q2: tomorrow’s Queensland’ plan developed by the former government. The action plan focuses on key goals for the first year of government. It contains five broad pledges that act as both a map and a report card, outlining the work the Queensland Government is undertaking in the short term in the areas of infrastructure and front-line services. The areas and targets prioritised in the plan are: revitalising front-line services; growing the four pillar economy; lowering the cost of living for families; delivering better infrastructure and planning; and restoring accountability in government.
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