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Local Government in Victoria - An introduction for Members of Parliament

Local Government in Victoria

In Victoria, local government is made up of 79 councils representing the state’s more than six million people. Councils are area-based, representative governments with a legislative and electoral mandate to manage local issues and plan for the community's needs.

This guide, produced by the MAV, explores Victorian local government, The MAV, Council governance, Council finances, Infrastructure, Council services and Councils as regulators. We hope you find this introduction to the role of local government useful.