The 2015 Ministerial Statement on
Local Government includes a 17-point action plan to reform Victorian local
Here's an update on actions 4-9,
to build council capacity and performance.
Action 4: Implement the Performance and Reporting Framework
Know Your Council website was
launched in November 2015. It enables
members of the community to compare their council's performance and capacity
with that of 'like' councils across a broad suite of metrics.
site provides the basis for targeted support to improve all aspects of council
business and dramatically improve accountability.
Action 5: Support innovative sustainable business practices
Innovations in technology, paired
with a stronger evidence base, will support business system reform to achieve further efficiencies in areas such as
procurement, waste management, planning, infrastructure investment and human
A range of innovations in the
areas of shared services and improved waste management was announced in late
2015. The government will continue to
work with councils to deliver better outcomes for local communities in these
and other areas of council business.
Action 6: Keeping Victorian communities safe in emergencies
change and growing security threats are driving higher demand for emergency
will review the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program (MERP) in partnership
with the MAV to ensure the program is effective in supporting local
government's capacity to manage emergencies. This work is strengthening the
vital role councils play in operational activities to support critical response
agencies, inform local communities, coordinate emergency relief and rebuild
Action 7: Implement the Victorian Common Funding Agreement
The government is playing its part
in streamlining the administrative burden on local government and has
implemented a Victorian Common Funding Agreement for use by all Victorian Government
departments contracting with councils.
Action 8: Reduce avoidable
Having established a common funding agreement, government
will harmonise and eradicate unnecessary activity reporting wherever possible
to free councils to deliver for their communities.
Embedding a uniform, outcome-based performance and
reporting framework has improved strategic
intelligence available to the government on the health of the sector, providing
scope to remove unnecessary activity reporting. By continuing to reduce
avoidable administrative burden we will create efficiencies for local
government and improve councils' service
Action 9: Consider local government impacts in Cabinet submissions
has achieved a major commitment of the Victorian
State-Local Government Agreement by embedding a local government
impact statement in all Cabinet submissions. Initiated in Jan 2016, this
provides confidence that all Government policy and legislative proposals will
take account of the impacts on councils and local communities in all proposals
coming before Cabinet.