Talking Points Talking Points

> This is an important referendum that will give councils certainty about funding for vital infrastructure and community services.

> Including local government in the Australian Constitution will confirm the Federal Government's ability to provide funding directly to councils. 

> As it stands the door is open to legally challenge funding programs such as Roads to Recovery, Regional and Local Community Infrastructure, Pathways to Adaptation, Regional Partnerships and the Regional Development Australian Fund.

> Constitutional recognition won't change the status of local government, its powers, or its relationship with the state government.  The referendum will simply formalise what has already been happening for more than ten years. 

> Councils will remain the responsibility of state governments. The states will still be able to amalgamate councils, de-amalgamate councils, change council boundaries and dismiss non-performing councils.