The Illawarra Business Chamber welcomes the Federal Government’s launch of Australia’s first National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report. The Performance Framework aims to bring together critical data and support all governments to better target, monitor and evaluate cities policy and will be key to the Government's commitment to continuous improvement through City Deals.

The Illawarra Business Chamber welcomes the Federal Government’s launch of Australia’s first National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report. The Performance Framework aims to bring together critical data and support all governments to better target, monitor and evaluate cities policy and will be key to the Government's commitment to continuous improvement through City Deals.
 
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said the Framework is an important step forward in terms of creating a more transparent system of monitoring investments in cities and the outcomes of these investments.
 
“The Performance Framework is a good first step, however, it is important further information is released to define how funding for City Deals will allocated and what criteria is to be applied. City Deals provide an opportunity to focus on support for regional centres and the importance of connecting and growing regional economies,” said Chris Lamont.
 
Investing in regions provides solutions to many of the challenges faced by cities. The lower cost base and tangible competitive benefits of regions offer important gains that could power the nation in the decades to come if the investment is made in connecting regional centres with major cities. 
 
The Illawarra Business Chamber has called for a clearer framework in relation to the treatment of regional economic centres like Wollongong and Shellharbour who are often excluded from a range of government grants programs and infrastructure programs on account of a flawed regional definition. 

“Eligibility criteria for City Deals should include ‘Regional Economic Centres’ as a priority, recognising the important role they play in driving investment and employment and reducing congestion in cities,” said Chris Lamont. 
 
The Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation is seeking input on the Interim Report until 18 August 2017. For more information please see: https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/performance-framework