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Governments Role Top of document.

The Role of Local Government

To help Victorians understand more about local councils and their role in building stronger local communities, the Victorian Government has put together a web-based Guide to Local Government.

The Guide is a great way for all Victorians, no matter where they live, to learn more about local government as well as understanding how much their council is doing in their local community every day.

It has information about how councils work, how they make decisions, what services they are responsible for delivering, how they are funded and much more.

Information is organised into six main sections:

  • How councils work
  • How councils make decisions
  • What councils do
  • Planning & finance
  • Council elections; and
  • Consultation & complaints.

Where possible, the Guide provides visitors with direct links to a variety of information that may not otherwise be easily accessible from the one website. Examples of related links include VicRoads, which is responsible for the main or arterial roads not managed by councils, or the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), which hears complaints against some council decisions.

While the Guide to Local Government aims to provide general assistance, it is only a guide.

Information in the Guide may not take into account all the individual circumstances and you should check with Council for specific details about arrangements in Ballarat.

The Guide was produced and is managed by Local Government Victoria, part of the Victorian Government's Department for Victorian Communities.




Statutory Information Top of document.

Part 5, Section 11, of the Local Government Regulations 2004 states that a Council must make available for public inspection documents containing the following prescribed matters:

  • (a) details of current allowances fixed for the Mayor, Lord Mayor (if any) and Councillors under section 74 or 74A of the Act;
  • (b) the total annual remuneration for all senior officers in respect of the current financial year and the previous financial year, set out in a list that states
    • (i) ranges of remuneration of senior officers, where the difference between the lower amount and the higher amount in each range must not exceed $10,000; and
    • (ii) the number of senior officers whose total annual remuneration falls within the ranges referred to in subparagraph (i);
  • (c) details of overseas or interstate travel (with the exception of interstate travel by land for less than 3 days) undertaken in an official capacity by Councillors or any member of Council staff in the previous 12 months, including the names of the Councillors or members of Council staff and the date, destination, purpose and total cost to the Council of the overseas or interstate travel, including accommodation costs;
  • (d) names of Council officers who were required to submit a return of interest during the financial year and the dates the returns were submitted;
  • (e) names of Councillors who submitted returns of interest during the financial year and the dates the returns were submitted;
  • (f) agendas for and minutes of ordinary and special meetings held in the previous 12 months kept under section 93 of the Act except if the minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under section 89 of the Act;
  • (g) a list of all special committees established by Council and the purpose for which each committee was established;
  • (h) a list of all special committees established by the Council which were  abolished or ceased to function during the financial year;
  • (i) minutes of meetings of special committees established under section 86 of the Act and held in the previous 12 months except if the minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under section 89 of the Act;
  • (j) a register of delegations kept under sections 87 and 98 of the Act, including the dates on which the last reviews under sections 86(6) and 98(6) of the Act took place;
  • (k) submissions received in accordance with section 223 of the Act during the previous 12 months;
  • (l) agreements to establish regional libraries under section 196 of the Act;
  • (m) details of all property, finance and operating leases involving land, buildings, plant, computer equipment or vehicles entered into by the Council as lessor or lessee, including the name of the other party to the lease and the terms and the value of the lease;
  • (n) a register of authorised officers appointed under section 224 of the Act;
  • (o) a list of donations and grants made by the Council during the financial year, including the names of persons or bodies which have received a donation or grant and the amount of each donation or grant;
  • (p) a list of the names of the organisations of which the Council was a member during the financial year and details of all membership fees and other amounts and services provided during that year to each organisation by the Council;
  • (q) a list of contracts valued at $100,000 (or such higher amount as is fixed from time to time under section 186(1) of the Act) or more-
    • (i) which the Council entered into during the financial year without first engaging in a competitve process; and
    • (ii) which are not contracts referred to in section 186(5) or (5A) of the Act.

A person wishing to view any information published in the Statutory Registers must make a written application to the Cheif Information Officer by completing the Application Form (PDF - 828KB).

A person wishing to inspect the Register of Interests, must complete this form with the above application to the Chief Information Officer by completing the Application to Inspect Register of Interests (PDF - 788KB).  As per Council's adopted Returns of Interest Policy a List of the names and positions (PDF - 46KB) is available.

The applicant will be notified of their granted access to the section of the Statutory Register, which they applied for.  The applicant will be contacted to arrange a suitable time to attend the Town Hall and view the register/s.

If you have any questions please contact the Governance on 03 5320 5875.

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