What councils do

Local government enables the economic, social and cultural development of the municipal area it represents, supports individuals and groups, and provides a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the local community.

Each municipality is different – its community may be young or old, established or still developing, rural or urban, and its population may vary from fewer than 2,900 people to more than 313,000.

Councils collect rates from residents and businesses in their municipality to help fund the delivery of community infrastructure worth $91.2 billion, as well as more than 100 local services.

Nationally, local government collects only 3.6 cents of every tax dollar raised, so councils rely on funding from other levels of government to fund services and infrastructure for their communities.

Local government services in Victoria

Council services statistics

  • Maternal and child health - 827,000 consultations
  • Home assistance and respite care - 4.6 million hours
  • Immunisations - 306,600 in preschools and secondary schools
  • Roads and bridges - 131,552km maintained
  • Homecare meals - 3.4 million delivered
  • Planning permits - 56,500 processed
  • Public and street lighting - $50 million spent
  • Rubbish collections - 1.1 million kerbside collections
  • Parks and reserves - 44,350 maintained
  • Libraries - 46.1 million items loaned to 1 million people
  • Sporting facilities - 15,000 managed
  • Registrations for 73,405 fixed and mobile food businesses
  • Anti-smoking - 16,336 visits to retailers.

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