Local government

Introduction

Local Government Victoria supports and regulates councils to ensure that Victorians enjoy a responsive, accountable and efficient system of local government. Through a sustainable and effective local government program we support new infrastructure to provide vital community infrastructure and services and create new jobs

Websites

Strategies and initiatives

Know your council

The Know Your Council website provides access to the public to information on council performance. Know Your Council allows you to:

Local Government Act 2020

The new Local Government Act 2020 is the most ambitious reform to the local government sector in over 30 years. The Act will improve local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.

Find out more about implementation of the Act on Engage Victoria.

Gender equity in local government

Gender equality and diversity benefits all of us. It makes communities, councils and our State stronger. The 2020 local government elections have seen more women than ever before elected to represent their communities.

Local Government Victoria helps to fund several programmes to promote and support gender equality in local government. It has developed a best practice guide and supporting research companion, for promoting gender equity in local government.

Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan

The Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan is an important resource for Victorian councils. It recognises, celebrates and shares good practice and presents a practical framework to help councils:

  • improve relationships with Aboriginal communities
  • promote reconciliation
  • engage Aboriginal people in planning, decision-making, employment, programs and services.

Projects

Rating Review

An independent panel was appointed in 2019 to review all aspects of Victoria’s local government rating system. Their final report was submitted to the Minister for Local Government on 31 March 2020. For more on the review visit Engage Victoria.

Local Government Act 2020  Implementation

The new Local Government Act 2020 is the most ambitious reform to the local government sector in over 30 years. The Act will improve local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.

Find out more about implementation of the Act on Engage Victoria.

Councils and Emergencies

Local Government Victoria is working with councils and the emergency management sector to enhance the emergency management capability and capacity of local government.

Find out more about the Councils and Emergencies project.

Grants, awards and scholarships

Growing Suburbs Fund

The Growing Suburbs Fund supports investment in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing interface councils.

Since 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) has invested $275 million in critical infrastructure for Victoria's fastest-growing councils. This includes:

  • Funding 221 community infrastructure projects
  • Creating more than 7,500 jobs
  • Leveraging more than $755 million in investment.

Living Libraries Infrastructure Program

The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations to provide high-quality library infrastructure to meet their communities’ changing needs.

Funding is provided to support projects that deliver and demonstrate benefits for the community and/or aim to improve engagement and access to learning opportunities.

Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme

The Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme supports the delivery of community infrastructure by providing Victorian councils with access to low-interest subsidised loans of between $500,000 and $10 million per project.

Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program

The Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program's (MERP) ongoing annual funding of $4.6 million supports strategic emergency management work undertaken by rural, regional and interface councils.

Roadside Weeds and Pest Program

The Roadside Weeds and Pests Program (RWPP) provides funding support to councils to plan and implement control activities for weeds and pests on rural roadsides.

Divisional owners and entities

Local Government Victoria

Contact details

For general or first point of contact local government enquiries, please contact the Local Government Switchboard on 03 9208 3333 or email Local Government Victoria.