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The key objective of the growth study was to gain an independent view of the impact of population growth on the capacity of councils to provide services and infrastructure to the community over time.
This report shines a light on inadequate governance and mismanagement of key areas of responsibility within the Central Goldfields Shire Council.
Almost 25% of all jurisdictional approaches to the Victorian Ombudsman are about local government. Members of the public who complain to the office sometimes express concern that decisions are being made ‘behind closed doors’ or ‘in secret’, presenting this as evidence to support their concerns....
Objective : Victorian local governments are required to develop Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans that incorporate state-level health planning priorities and address the social determinants of health. This paper describes a novel method for evaluating councils' performance against these requirements....
The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the types of low-level abuses of power that occur from time to time in local government, and are the subject of numerous complaints and protected disclosures investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman's office. The case studies...
Busking has been a feature of public spaces and cityscapes for centuries. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, street performance occupied an ambiguous status in many cities: highly visible, but vulnerable to the harsh enforcement of public order offences and...
This report comments on the outcomes of the 2014–15 financial report and performance statement audits of the local government sector.
The sector generated a net surplus of more than $900 million annually in each of the past five financial years. The sector's net surplus...
Community-level governance is a focus in much of the public sector reform occurring in the world at the moment. Interest in this topic stems from two major sources. The first is the desire to strengthen citizen engagement in local government, while the second is the...