- 15 Feb - Councils receive 3rd quarter payment
- end Feb - Submission close for consideration for the next allocation

- 8 May 2018 - Federal Budget
- 15 May - Councils receive 4th (final) quarter payment 
- end May - VGC notify Councils of their Estimate Allocations (based on Federal Budget)

- 21 June 2018 - Council receive early payment (50% of 2017-18 allocation)

- early Aug - VGC notify Councils of their allocation
- 15 Aug - Councils receive 1st quarter payment 
- 27 Aug 2018 - VGC Regional Information Session - Warracknabeal 
- 28 Aug 2018 - VGC Regional Information Session - Dandenong
- 28 Aug 2018 - VGC Regional Information Session - Broadmeadows

- 3 Sept 2018 - VGC Regional Information Session - Benalla
- 7 Sept 2018 - VGC Regional Information Session - Geelong

-  7 Nov (first Wed) - VGC Questionnaire due.
- 15 Nov - Council receives 2nd quarter payment 

Dates are similar annually, except where year is stated.
Payments are paid on 15th (or next working day).


VGC undertakes consultation with councils and other interested parties about its methodology and application of data.

The Commission holds:

  • 5 regional information sessions throughout Victoria in August-September.  In 2018 the regional sessions locations are:  Warracknabeal, Dandenong, Broadmeadows, Benalla and Geelong.   The sessions enable the Commission to outline its allocation methodology, provides Council's the opportunity to provide input into the annual grants determination process, and the Commission to listen and respond to councils' issues and concerns.
  • individual councils meetings 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.


As part of the consultation process each year, Councils have the opportunity to make written submissions regarding the allocations process.

In early 2018, 6 submissions were received from councils :

Ballarat City Council  (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Bass Coast Shire Council  (PDF, 189.1 KB)
East Gippsland Shire Council  (PDF, 12.2 KB)
Glenelg Shire Council  (PDF, 206.9 KB)
Surf Coast Shire Council  (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Wangarattta Rural City Council  (PDF, 164.2 KB)

All submissions received in relation to the next allocations are published 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

Annually, the Commission collects data directly from councils for the calculation of the allocation.  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, but is now available online.  

2017-18 council data

Expenditure and Revenue (VGC1) (Excel, 825.2 KB)
Valuations and Rates (VGC2) (Excel, 98.6 KB)
Local Roads (VGC3) (Excel, 38.7 KB)

Capital Assets and Outlays (ABS1) (Excel, 474.2 KB)
Balance Sheets and Other Finance (ABS2-3) (Excel, 140.7 KB)
Road Inventory Expenditure & Financial Data (ALG1) (Excel, 63.6 KB)
Council Employment (LGV1) (Excel, 165.6 KB)

VGC Questionnaire (Excel, 102.2 KB)
VGC Manual (DOCX, 253.5 KB)

2016-17 council data

Expenditure and Revenue (VGC1)   (Excel, 811.0 KB)
Valuations and Rates (VGC2)   (Excel, 88.6 KB)
Local Roads (VGC3)   (Excel, 37.8 KB)

Capital Assets and Outlays (ABS1)   (Excel, 467.7 KB)
Balance Sheets and Other Finance (ABS2-3)   (Excel, 139.4 KB)
Road Inventory Expenditure & Financial Data (ALG1)    (Excel, 63.1 KB)
Council Employment (LGV1)   (Excel, 148.2 KB)

VGC Questionnaire   (Excel, 97.4 KB)
Manual   (DOCX, 255.1 KB)

2015-16 council data

Expenditure and Revenue (VGC1)  (Excel, 806.3 KB)
Valuations and Rates (VGC2)  (Excel, 94.1 KB)
Local Roads (VGC3) (Excel, 38.0 KB)

Capital Assets and Outlays (ABS1)  (Excel, 471.5 KB)
Balance Sheets and Other Finance (ABS2-3)  (Excel, 138.2 KB)
Road Inventory Expenditure & Financial Data (ALG1)  (Excel, 62.8 KB)
Council Employment (LGV1) (Excel, 114.8 KB)

VGC Questionnaire (Excel, 94.8 KB)
Manual (DOCX, 238.1 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.

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