Asset Management for Small, Rural or Remote Communities

Developed by IPWEA with the support of ACELG

The IPWEA Asset Management for Small, Rural or Remote Communities Guidelines were developed to assist small, rural or remote communities improve their asset and financial management and planning. The Guidelines are made available to these communities in partnership with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG).

The Guidelines are based on the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) and the Australian Infrastructure Financial Management Guidelines (AIFMG). The projected expenditure modelling is developed from IPWEA NAMS.PLUS Asset Management which provide modelling tools and templates to assist infrastructure owner organisations write their asset management plans in accordance with the IIMM. Three methods are provided for capital renewal modelling which use data from an asset register (up to 5,000 assets), condition modelling systems or network renewals/defect repairs for a 10 year AM Plan.

The Asset Management for Small, Rural or Remote Communities Guidelines is specifically designed to assist small, rural or remote councils who are predominately in a steady state operating condition and do not have the data, resources, skills or expertise to develop AM plans using the IIMM or NAMS.PLUS resources.

It is also suitable for asset management plans that have a large operating and maintenance expenditure component such as buildings and recreation services.

The Guidelines provide expenditure modelling tools and templates to assist these organisations write their own AM plans at a ‘core’ level and provide expenditure projections into the organisation’s long term financial plan.

Templates are provided for:

 AM4SRRC AM Plan information needs,
 asset management plan,
 infrastructure risk management plan and register,
 asset register,
 expenditure template,
 asset management policy and strategy

Sample asset management plans are included to show a finished plan using the AM4SRRC templates. Small, rural or remote councils and infrastructure organisations are encouraged to use the guidelines to develop their first AM plans and use the process to inform and educate their staff, management and councillors on asset management principles and practices and improve their service delivery outcomes.