The South West Group is dependent upon information from a range of sources to enable the Board to form an advocacy position and develop a action strategy around particular issues facing the region.

State Government agencies are of particular importance as the source of strategies, plans, policies and legislation influencing the region and metropolitan area. State Government agencies are also a valuable source of information that can support regional priorities and initiatives being progressed by the South West Group and the member Councils.

The development of positive and collaborative working relationships with State Government agency staff is paramount in gaining inside knowledge and greater understanding of the intent behind initiatives pursued by the State Government.

The external resources commonly used by the South West Group can be grouped according to key topics that form the basis for priority setting, lobbying and advocacy activities.