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15637 Introduction to Local Government Economics and Finance

6cp; 6hpw self-paced, theory-oriented study
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject focuses on key economic and finance concepts and theories as they pertain to local government. Undertaking this subject enables participants to:

  • understand the sources of revenue for local government and how revenue is used to produce the various categories of local government goods and services
  • appreciate the financial sustainability challenges facing local government and the major factors which contribute to the problems
  • describe the various interventions which have been proposed or employed to address financial sustainability concerns
  • evaluate the efficacy of interventions and apply this knowledge to professional practice.

As an elective subject for postgraduate local government studies, the subject also explores related issues of equity, accountability and transparency. Students engage with scholarly materials and debate and extend their understanding of local government taxation, debt, fees for service, developer levies, intergovernmental grants, resident demand and information asymmetries. Students are encouraged to reflect on the integration of theory with practice, enhancing their academic and research skills.

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Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.