Victorian councils receive funding of $8.7 billion annually to provide more than 100 different services to the communities they represent.
Council services include:
- environment services such as greenhouse gas mitigation, waste management, and natural resource and coastal management
- health services such as aged care programs, disability support and food regulations
- emergency management services such as disaster response and recovery
- transport and infrastructure services such as roads, footpaths, traffic management, telecommunications and leisure facilities
- planning and building services such as land use regulation, economic development and environmental conservation
- social and community services such as early childhood services, housing, libraries and employment.
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Service delivery statistics
Each year local government in Victoria:
- services 130,501 kilometres of roads and bridges (approximately 85 per cent of Victoria’s total road network)
- provides 827,000 maternal and child health consultations
- delivers 553,000 immunisations to preschool and secondary school children
- delivers 1.8 million meals a year to home care recipients
- provides 4.6 million hours of home assistance, property maintenance, personal and respite care
- spends over $50 million on public street lighting
- loans 45 million physical and digital items from libraries to 1 million registered users
- maintains 44,350 parks and reserves
- decides over 56,551 planning permit applications
- maintains more than 15,000 sporting facilities
- collects 1 million tonnes of kerbside waste
- collects 600,000 tonnes of recyclable materials
- collects 400,000 tonnes of organic waste
- conducts 17,249 visits to tobacco retailers, eating establishments, licensed premises, and workplaces
- registers more than 63,800 fixed and mobile food businesses.
For more statistics on the Victorian local government, see the local government snapshot.