Three of a Kind? The Special Case of Australia's Island Councils
Sinnewe, E, Kortt, MA, Dollery, B & Hayward, P 2015, 'Three of a Kind? The Special Case of Australia's Island Councils', Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 150-164.
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In common with many other countries, Australian local government policy- makers have focussed heavily on improving ﬁnancial sustainability and oper- ational 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 consider- ing the need for an alternative organisation entity in an effort to enhance their long-term ﬁnancial sustainability.