Abstract: This paper presents a strategy for the next phase of the Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government Program of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG). The strategy is the culmination of an extensive research and consultation process. Its aim is to identify key steps in building the capacity of small rural-remote and Indigenous councils across Australia – and especially in the north – to deliver adequate and appropriate local government services to their communities. The paper has four elements: • First, it outlines the purpose of the Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government Program and provides an overview of the background work completed to date to support the development of this strategy. • Second, it identifies the strategic priorities that emerged from this background work and the guiding principles that have shaped the strategy. • Third, for each of the strategic priorities it gives an overview of relevant background information drawn from scoping studies and gaps in which ACELG could play a role, followed by a tabular summary of the key issues, outcome sought, and a proposed action plan. • Fourth, it presents an overview of how the strategy can be implemented. It must be emphasised at the outset that such a capacity building program is a huge task and one that goes far beyond the remit and resources of ACELG itself. However, ACELG believes it can make a useful contribution in framing an agenda for action, and in working with the states and Northern governments, local government associations, professional institutes and others to take a number of critical next steps. This is consistent with ACELG’s designated roles in supporting policy development and promoting innovation and best practice.