The Victoria Grants Commission (VGC) Annual Reports provide an overview of the Commission's activities for each financial year and the method for allocating grants.
The appendices to the Annual Report contain the data for each council that was used in this process.
Consultations and Submissions
The Victoria Grants Commission undertakes consultation with councils and other interested parties about its methodology and application of data. A number of forums are provided annually by the Commission for communication of its allocation methodology, thereby making opportunities available for councils to provide input into the annual grants determination process, as well as for the Commission to listen and respond to councils' issues and concerns.
The Commission also holds a number of meetings with individual councils each year, meeting with all Victorian councils on a four year rolling basis. The purpose of these meetings is to provide councils with a detailed overview of the Commission's role and methodology, and how the grant outcomes are determined. The meetings enable the Commission to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing individual councils.
In 2015-16, the Commission visited a total of 17 councils on an individual basis. The Commission also held 5 regional information sessions throughout Victoria in August & September 2016 to outline the 2016-17 financial assistance grants and methodology.
As part of the consultation process each year, the Commission gives councils the opportunity to make written submissions about next year's allocations.
The Commission received submissions from 4 councils for the 2016-17 allocation:
All submissions received in relation to the next allocations are published here in order to allow all councils access to the full range of issues put before the commission for consideration. The views presented in these submissions provide valuable input on aspects of both the general purpose and local roads grant allocation methodologies, including the construction and application of the cost adjustors and cost modifiers used to reflect the local characteristics of individual councils.
Raw Data collected from Councils
The Commission seeks data from various sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Tourism Research Australia, Department of Human Services (Centrelink). This data is summarised in the Annual Reports. More importantly data is collected directly from councils. Some data is also collected on behalf of third parties. It is a valuable source of information which has previously been provided to Councils upon request. It is now provided online.
Capital Assets and Outlays (ABS1) (Excel, 471.5 KB)
Balance Sheets and Other Finance (ABS2-3) (Excel, 138.2 KB)
Road Inventory Expenditure and Financial Data (ALG1) (Excel, 62.8 KB)
Council Employment (LGV1) (Excel, 114.8 KB)
Conditions of Use
Content from this spreadsheet should be attributed as Victoria Grants Commission data collection.
The data in these spreadsheets is provided for information purposes only. These spreadsheets are produced from data sourced annually from Local Government (councils) in Victoria. Councils provide permission for this online release. The data has been analysed, but the Victoria Grants Commission does not guarantee the material to be free from error. For more detailed analysis, it is suggested that you contact the Council(s) for verification of its accuracy and reliability. It is the responsibility of the user to make their own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in this data. No responsibility is taken for any information that may appear on any other linked websites.
General Purpose Grants
Review of the Allocation of General Purpose Grants to Victorian Councils: Final Report, 2001 (PDF, 340.0 KB)
Review of the Allocation of General Purpose Grants to Victorian Councils: Final Report, 2001 (DOC, 1.0 MB)
Local Roads Grants
Commonwealth and State Grants Commissions
New South Wales Local Government Grants Commission
Queensland Local Government Grants Commission
South Australian Local Government Grants Commission
Tasmania State Grants Commission
Western Australian Local Government Grants Commission
Northern Territory Grants Commission
Related Commonwealth and Victorian organisations
Roads to Recovery Program
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development administers the Commonwealth Government's Roads to Recovery Program.
These funds are allocated directly by Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and not through the VGC.