How we plan

Every council must plan effectively and report on their work. This is required by the State Government. It is to ensure councils are transparent and accountable.

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Council plan

At the start of every council term, all local governments must produce a council plan. This must be done within 6 months of the election or by 30 June, whichever is later.

Our Council Plan 2017-21 set our strategic direction after local government elections in 2016. It was informed by extensive consultation with the community, councillors and staff. This consultation took place between January and April 2017.  

On this site we talk about how we have performed against the objectives set out in our Council Plan 2017-21. 

A council plan describes a council’s: 

  • strategic objectives 
  • ways to achieve these objectives 
  • indicators for measuring progress  
  • resources required to put the plan in place for at least 4 years. 

There were local government elections on 24 October 2020. After this, all councils will have to put another council plan together to cover the next 4 years.  

Community vision

The Moreland 2025 Community Vision is a description of the city our community hopes to live, work and play in. 

It contains the combined visions from over 1,500 Merri-bek citizens. Plus representatives from 30 partner organisations, including the council. 

Planning framework 

There are other documents we must have to help us plan and be accountable to our community.  

We produce a strategic resource plan. This goes beyond the life of the council plan. It outlines the resourcing for implementation of the council plan. It includes our capital works program. 

Each year we develop a council action plan. This plan references the 4-year council plan and strategic resource plan. 

Regular reporting 

We track and report on our performance through monthly, quarterly and annual reports. This ensures we are accountable, transparent and follow legislation.  

Parts of our annual report are audited by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO). These are the Performance Statement and Financial Statements.  

VAGO conducts these audits to ensure councils are transparent and accountable to parliament and the community.

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