Local Government plays
an indispensable role within our federated system of government and Victoria's
councils already do an outstanding job. They deliver vital and valued local
They build local
economies and, as the government closest to the people, provide meaningful
Councils are a key
partner with the state in improving the lives of Victorians. Victoria is unique
in recognising local government in our state Constitution as a distinct and
independent tier of government. Investing in council performance will deliver a
substantial return for Victorians.
This statement outlines
the Andrews Government's plan to reform local government and help councils to
deliver for households and businesses right across our state.
It articulates how our key
commitments will be implemented and how we will improve integrity and
governance, strengthen capacity and performance and provide the platform for
local government to deliver for communities wherever in Victoria they live.
The Local Government
Reform Agenda includes:
of a Fair Go Rates system, investment to improve the response to growth
pressures faced by interface councils and delivery of a modern, new Local
Government Act for Victoria;
to the integrity, capacity, performance, sustainability and value delivered by
local government for Victorian families; and
modern, co-productive relationship between the State Government and councils to
achieve better outcomes which benefit all Victorians.
I invite you to work
with me to strengthen Victorian councils as they contribute to connected,
sustainable and prosperous Victorian communities.
for Local Government: