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This paper examines the role of the local business environment in stimulating private investment and driving economic growth.

It focuses on how governments can improve the local business environment, describing the areas where local reform is most likely to lead to better economic outcomes.

While the business environment is typically framed at the national level, the impact of sub-national business environments on business and investment decisions have become more pronounced.

Three essential elements of the local business environment within Australian local government context are examined.

The major reform priorities for local government are presented and specific recommendations are made for local governments to invest in better local economic data and a more structured and consistent approach to engaging with a diverse range of local economic actors.

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Creating an Enabling Local Business Environment

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