Local Government plays an integral role within our federated system of government. Victoria's councils do an outstanding job delivering essential and everyday services to their local communities.

Local Governments helps build local economies and as the closest tier of government to the people, play a key role in local democracy.

Councils are a key partner with the State Government to improve 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 delivers a substantial return for the community.

This statement outlines the State 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 all Victorian communities.

The Local Government Reform Agenda includes:

  • Implementation 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;
  • Improvements to the integrity, capacity, performance, sustainability and value delivered by local government for Victorian families; and
  • A 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.

Read the full details of the Ministerial Statement for Local Government:

Ministerial Statement for Local Government (PDF, 206.9 KB)
Ministerial Statement for Local Government (DOCX, 82.0 KB)

Action Plan

The strategic areas for action in the Ministerial Statement are supported by a 17-point action plan.

Actions 1 - 3Actions 4 - 9Actions 10 - 17
Integrity and governanceCapacity and performanceDelivering for communities