Rural & Regional Councils Sustainability Reform Program

A $1 million commitment from the 2017-2018 Victorian State Budget provided for the establishment of the Rural and Regional Councils Sustainability Reform Program.  The Program aimed to identify the barriers and challenges, and to propose options to provide long-term financial and operational sustainability for rural and regional councils.  

KPMG was commissioned to undertake a body of work, which was completed under the guidance of a Steering Committee comprising representation from Rural Councils Victoria, Regional Cities Victoria, Municipal Association of Victoria, Local Government Professionals, Victorian Local Governance Association, Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Regional Development Victoria.

A copy of the report and appendices can be found at:  

Rural and Regional Councils Sustainability Reform Program Final Report (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Rural and Regional Councils Sustainability Reform Program Final Report Appendices (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Rural Councils' Transformation Program

The Victorian Government has committed $20 million from the 2018-2019 Victorian State Budget for a Rural Councils' Transformation Program to improve the efficiency of rural local governments.  The program will support collaboration and shared services in rural and regional Victoria at a scale that has not been available previously.

This major investment will support the creation and implementation of new regional service delivery models that will create financial efficiencies for local governments, whilst providing more integrated and coordinated services for communities.  The program aims to help these councils across Victoria set up collaborative procurement opportunities and ensure long-term financial sustainability.

The program design, guidelines and application form are currently being developed.  It is expected that the program will be open for applications in July 2018.

For further information or to discuss a possible application please contact Leighton Vivian, Acting Senior Manager, Innovation and Performance on