Who We Are

LGNSW is the peak industry association that represents the interests of NSW general purpose councils, 12 special purpose councils and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

LGNSW’s objective is to strengthen and protect an effective, democratic system of Local Government across NSW by supporting and advocating on behalf of member councils and delivering a range of relevant, quality services.

LGNSW achieves this by:

  • Actively and persuasively representing the views of Local Government to the NSW and Australian Governments
  • Providing effective, responsive and accountable leadership to member councils
  • Providing a comprehensive range of high-quality services and policy advice to our members
  • Increasing the capacity of Local Government to deliver quality services and meet the needs of local communities across NSW
  • Enhancing the profile and building community trust in and awareness of Local Government.

Find out more about the services provided by LGNSW (PDF, 248KB).

View LGNSW’s Interim Policy Statements (PDF, 364KB).

To view the ‘Registered Rules of the Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales’ please go to the Fair Work Commission website.


View the list of LGNSW Board Members.

Becoming LGNSW

On 1 March 2013 the Local Government Association of NSW and the Shires Association of NSW merged to become one association, known as Local Government NSW, representing all councils in NSW.

LGNSW represents the interests of its members, which include general purpose councils, 12 special purpose councils and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

Formerly known as the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA), the two organisations officially became Local Government NSW on 1 March 2013, uniting and strengthening the voice of the local government sector in NSW.

For more information about LGNSW  launch, see the media release.