The Commission

The Victoria Grants Commission consists of a Chairman and two members appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • Mr John Watson (Chair) - term expires on 31 October 2019
  • Ms Julie Eisenbise - term expires on 31 October 2020
  • Mr Michael Ulbrick - term expires on 31 October 2020

At a Glance (PDF, 179.1 KB) provides an overview of the 2018-19 allocation of the financial assistance grants to Victoria’s 79 councils.

The Annual Report, released annually in September, provides more details of the methodology and activities of the Commission.

Legislation

VGC’s primary function is to allocate grants provided by the Commonwealth Government to councils in Victoria according to the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (PDF, 50.6 KB) and a set of national distribution principles.

The operations of the Commission are governed by the Victoria Grants Commission Act 1976

The Act establishes the Commission for the purpose of determining the allocation of financial assistance to councils, provides for the appointment and remuneration of Commission members and specifies the general operations of the Commission, including meetings of the Commission and the annual reporting requirements.

All of the Commission's costs are met by the Victorian Government through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

National Distribution Principles

Horizontal equalisation
General purpose grants are to be allocated on a ‘full horizontal equalisation basis’, by assessing the relative needs of councils.

Effort neutrality
The Commission must use an effort or policy neutral approach when assessing council finances.

Minimum grant
The minimum general purpose grant for a council is calculated based on a nominal per capita distribution of 30 per cent.

Other grant support
Recognition of any other relevant grants to councils.

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders
Recognition of the needs of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Council amalgamation
Following amalgamation, the maintenance of grants to newly formed councils.

Local roads
Local roads grants are allocated to councils based on an assessment of the preservation of its road assets.

More information on national principles, please refer to the Commonwealth Act and Annual Report.