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We support the development, adoption and implementation of high-quality governance processes, protocols, conduct and relationships across the local government sector.

Our work in this area includes, providing sector-wide advice on governance issues and assisting individual councils on a broad range of internal and external governance matters.​​​​​

Read about the MAV policy on candidature of councillors in state or federal elections 2014 (Word - 93.3KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Local Government Electoral Review

A three member independent panel formed a Local Government Electoral Review Panel in 2013 to review the local government election process.

It released a report in September 2014, proposing 55 recommendations to strengthen local electoral processes.

We responded to the review with a submission (Word - 106KB) in October.

Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2014

The Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2014 was introduced in April 2014 and second read on 2 April 2014. The stated purpose of the Bill is to:

  • enhance the understanding of councillors in relation to the standard of conduct expected of councillors by further council processes and policies
  • enhance council governance standards
  • provide for the appointment of the Chief Municipal Inspector and municipal monitors
  • provide for internal processes for the resolution of allegations of Councillor misbehaviour.

Read our comments on proposed changes to the Bill: Position paper on Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) BIll 2014 (Word - 149KB)

Restructure of VCAT fees

The Victorian government has adopted a policy that ​fees levied by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) are to recover 45 per cent of operating costs. A regulatory impact statement has been released proposing a new fee structure based on this premise.

We made a submission to the Department of Justice responding to the regulatory impact statement and the draft Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Fees) Regulations 2013.

Read our Response to the Regulatory Impact Statement and Draft VCAT (Fees) Regulations 2013 (Word -353KB).

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