For the purpose of evaluating the Greater Geelong City Council in a context defined by the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, the Commission developed a framework for good governance. The outcomes of the framework reflect the objects in the Local Government Act 1989; the policies, procedures, systems, guidelines and frameworks reflect the work of the Commission and officers from the Secretariat; the principles have been taken from the Good Governance Guide 2013 developed by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), Local Government Victoria (LGV) and Local Government Professionals (LGPro), with greater emphasis on diversity and trust; and the performance indicators are illustrative only and prepared by a consultant for the Commission based on the City of Sydney’s Community Indicators Framework.
The report includes:
• An examination of the roles and responsibilities at all levels within the City of Greater Geelong Council (Council) and whether sufficient clarity exists to ensure good governance;
• An analysis of whether, in delivering services to its constituents, Council governance arrangements are efficient and effective;
• An exploration of the relationship between matters contained in and the findings of the Workplace Cultural Review and governance arrangements of the Council; and
• An investigation of other relevant factors impeding the Council’s ability to provide good government to its constituents.