Overview

Effective planning and reporting by councils is essential for ensuring transparency and accountability to the community and other levels of government.

The resources on this page support Victorian councils to meet their legislative obligations to plan and report on their performance over the short, medium and long term.

Local Government Planning and Reporting Guides and Templates

Guidance to assist in the preparation of the Asset Plan.

The Local Government Model Budget is published each year to assist councils in preparing their budget in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements and better practice.

Guidance to assist councils in preparing their budget and notes in accordance with the Local Government Model Budget, Australian Accounting Standards and other applicable authoritative requirements.

The Summary of Changes document highlights changes between 2022-23 and 2021-22 guidance.

The Local Government Model Financial Report (LGMFR) is published by Local Government Victoria each year to assist councils in preparing annual financial statements in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.

Guidance to assist councils in preparing their financial statements and notes in accordance with the Local Government Model Financial Report, Australian Accounting Standards and other applicable authoritative requirements.

The Summary of Changes document highlights changes between 2021-22 and 2020-21 guidance.

Guidance to reporting against Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) and Know Your Council Website.

Template to assist councils to calculate and report the results for the performance indicators and measures in the Report of Operations and Performance Statement, and upload data onto the Know Your Council website.

Local Government Sector KPI Catalogue to assist councils in identifying and reviewing financial and service indicators for councils own reporting purposes.

Guidance to assist councils develop a Revenue and Rating strategy.

Supplementary guidance to assist councils develop a Revenue and Rating Plan

Local Government Better Practice Guide Revenue and Rating Plan PDF, 1018.12 KB

Local Government Better Practice Guide Revenue and Rating Plan DOCX, 460.04 KB

Guidelines for councils using differential rating. These guidelines were published in the Government Gazette in 2013. Councils must have regard for these guidelines when setting differential rates.

Local Government Act 1989 Special Rates and Special Charges

See the government gazette

Guidance to assist Victorian councils prepare for and apply changes to the Australian Accounting Standards that impact the 2018-19 and future reporting periods.