Brighton Council Adopts Xero for Finances

“We were happy with what we had – but that is never an excuse not to review the market to determine if something else delivers the same level of effectiveness at a reduced cost." Brighton Council has successfully transitioned to Xero.
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October 22, 2018

Local Governments in Australia are constantly juggling growing social responsibilities, infrastructure requirements and rising costs –all with ensuring that the costs of service delivery impact members of the community as little as possible. Essentially, councils increasingly are being forced to do more with less. From a business systems perspective, this means taking a good hard look at legacy systems and making changes.

Brighton Council in Tasmania recently reviewed its finance systems, and while the current system was serving council well,reviewing the market indicated that Council would be better served moving to Xero. “We were happy with what we had – but that is never an excuse not to review the market to determine if something else delivers the same level of effectiveness at a reduced cost,” pointed out General Manager Ron Sanderson.

This is something which Ron and his team at Brighton Council know well - Brighton Council’s wholly-owned software business CouncilWise markets cost effective cloud based local government management software with an emphasis on quality and cost effectiveness. “Several of our smaller customers were already on the Xero finance platform, and new clients were seeking something similar, so we investigated. Were very impressed with the features and capabilities, so much so that we could see no reason not to make the switch ourselves,” said Mr Sanderson.

Xero at Brighton Council in Tasmania

Following a functional investigation and decision,implementation of the new system for local government purposes at Brighton lasted only 6 weeks, with a following 6 week period to bring payroll online as well. “Staff are very happy with the new features, the mobility, and the reporting.We are not only very satisfied with the software – the price is simply unbelievable, and the training and support available is extensive. We now have a very strong level of confidence recommending Xero to our small and medium-sized council clients, and are rolling out a large number of pre-built integrations into our broader offering,” said Mr Sanderson. “Frankly, this is one of the best featured finance we’ve seen, at a price point which many councils will find unbelievable. We are now paying $150 per month for a complete finance package with payroll.” Two recent clients in the Northern Territory have now scheduled implementations of Xero via CouncilWise for their councils: Katherine Town Council and Coomalie Community Government Council.

"We see this as an important shift for our industry, which has for so long been told local government finances are unique, and require unique systems," commented Ben Dornier, the Chief Digital Officer for CouncilWise. "With effective implementations of Xero already completed and more underway, we are trying to change this view, and Xero has become an important factor in convincing councils that they can be effective while making massive savings on their IT systems."

Read the media release here.

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