Sustainable and effective local governments Our business is local government Our outcome goal: sustainable and effective local governments To succeed, we must: Increase the transparency and accountability of local government decision making Increase community engagement and satisfaction with local government Increase the financial health and viability of local government Increase the capacity of local government to provide vital community infrastructure and services What does success look like? Our targets for 2019–20 includes: Increase community satisfaction with the performance of councils >60% Increase community satisfaction with community engagement by councils >56%

The department supports effective and efficient local governance and service provision and supports communities to manage change and growth at a local level.

Increase the transparency and accountability of local government decision making

We will:

  • support the local government sector to implement legislative changes
  • support the local government sector to report on performance
Outcome measuresResult 18–19Target 19–20
Improved community satisfaction with the direction of their council
(based on overall council direction indicator in the community satisfaction survey)
5353

Increase community engagement and satisfaction with local government

We will:

  • encourage enhanced collaboration and partnerships between local governments and the state
  • provide targeted support to rural and regional councils
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Improved community satisfaction with community engagement by councils
(based on overall consultation and engagement performance metric in the community satisfaction survey)
56 57

Increase the financial health and viability of local government

We will:

  • provide targeted support to rural and regional councils
  • support enhanced collaboration and shared services between local governments
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Number of councils with improved financial sustainability To be supplied in November 2019 To be supplied in November 2019
Number of councils identified as high risk in the Auditor-General’s Annual Financial Audit of local governments 0 0
Number of councils participating in Victorian Government-funded shared services programs 57 60

Increase the capacity of local government to provide vital community infrastructure and services

We will:

  • support councils to provide vital community infrastructure
  • support councils to provide vital community services
Outcome measures Result 18–19 Target 19–20
Community satisfaction with the performance of councils as measured through the Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey
(based on overall satisfaction metric in the community satisfaction survey) (BP3 — DOI)
60 61

Page last updated: 29/08/19