Issues in local representation: a view from Victoria

3 Dec 2013

This report on the outcomes of interviews with councillors and senior local government staff of their experience of local representation follows a review of the legal frameworks governing local democratic governance. ACELG has undertaken this work with the Victorian Local Governance Association which has a track record of working on issues of local and participatory democracy.

This report sets a brief context. It then outlines the experiences of Victorian councillors and senior staff interviewed with regard to representative structures (ward or unsubdivided councils, representation reviews and the number of councillors), views on compulsory voting and a 4 year term of office, the role of the mayor and deputy mayor and the role and remuneration of elected members.

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