ISJO is committed to working with its Member Councils to enhance their strategic capacity. The objective in this regard is:

To place emphasis on the design and enhancement of mutually beneficial policies, processes and procedures across member Councils and in collaboration with other regional entities and agencies where appropriate.

It is also committed to delivering some services direct to the the region's communities on behalf of the Councils when there is an evidence base and agreement for this. Its objective in this regard is:

To meet major identified regional needs with agreed regional local government led programs and projects.