About the NGAA

NGAA is the peak body for local governments in Australia’s outer urban growth areas and advocates to state and federal governments on growth area challenges and opportunities. We are a nonpartisan, member-based alliance of Councils from across Australia. Together, we represent more than five million people living in Australia’s fast-growing outer urban areas and are united by shared experiences of population growth rates at double the national average and long-term under-investment in vital infrastructure. See the NGAA 2020 Policy Platform for more details about advocacy priorities.

Electoral Communications authorised by B Clark, Melbourne.


Membership Categories

Outer Urban Growth Councils

  • Councils whose cities, suburbs and towns are in established, emerging or future outer urban growth areas
  • Current, recent or projected rapid and sustained population growth rates above the national average
  • Inadequate transport, freight, community and social infrastructure stemming from investment not keeping pace with population growth.

Associate Members

  • Councils outside NGAA geographic areas who are also experiencing rapid population growths


  • Industry organisations with an interest in growth areas.
  • State and Federal Government and research and academic organisations
  • Local Government groups outside NGAA geographic areas who are also experiencing rapid population growth.

For membership information, see the NGAA Membership Prospectus and 2021-22 Fee Schedule.


NGAA Executive



Councillor Matthew Deeth

Wollondilly Shire Council (NSW)


Deputy Chair

Mayor Tracey Roberts

City of Wanneroo (WA)

NGAA Strategic Advisory Committee

The Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) approves the NGAA Strategic Plan, Operational Plan and Budget and provides strategic advice to the Committee of Management. The current Strategic Advisory Committee members elected by NGAA Member Councils are:

Cr Matthew Deeth

Shire of Wollondilly (NGAA Chair)

Mayor Tracey Roberts

City of Wanneroo

Mayor Ann Ferguson

Mount Barker District Council

Cr Charishma Kaliyanda

Liverpool City Council


Cr Collin Ross

Cardinia Shire Council

Mayor Glenn Docherty

City of Playford

Cr Peter Maynard

Wyndham City Council

SAC membership also includes the immediate past NGAA Chair (Mayor Glenn Docherty, City of Playford) and the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee of Management.

NGAA Committee of Management

The Committee of Management is made up of senior officers of Member Councils and is responsible for developing and recommending the Strategic Plan, Policy Platform, (Draft Policy Platform) Operational Plan and Annual Budget to the SAC. 

NGAA Secretariat

Bronwen Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Bronwen brings extensive advocacy, policy and government relations expertise to the Alliance. Prior to her appointment as Executive Officer in 2018, she consulted to local and state government, business and not-for-profits on policy and strategy development, communications, engagement and governance.

Bronwen previously worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including representing Australia at the United Nations and World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

Bronwen is currently Chair of the state peak body Volunteering Victoria, and sits on a number of State Government advisory committees. She holds post graduate qualifications in Public Relations and Governance.

Nicola Ward

National Research and Policy Lead

Helen Wells

National Communications Coordinator

April Glossop

National Events Coordinator

Strategic Plan

NGAA is implementing its 2021-2023 Strategic Plan which was developed after a member workshop at the 2019 NGAA Congress.


Strategic Partners