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 and medium term.

Local Government Planning and Reporting Guides and Templates

The Local Government Model Budget is published each year to assist councils in preparing annual budgets in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards. The 2018-19 Model Budget is the first to be published by Local Government Victoria.

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 2018-19 and 2017-18 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 2017-18 and 2016-17 guidance.

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

Summary of changes made to the 2017-18 Local Government Better Practice Guide Performance Reporting Framework Indicator Workbook.

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.

Guidance to assist councils develop a Revenue and Rating strategy.

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 councils in accounting for landfills including a worked example and supporting calculations.