Sample council policies

Find sample local government policies on topics including procurement, complaints, governance arrangements, election period policies and councillors’ code of conduct.

We review policies from councils across Victoria during our governance examinations. These examinations cover a range of topics and aim to improve compliance with the Local Government Act 2020.

We also hope to help the local government sector improve its practices.

A governance examination in 2022 reviewed council policies that were created or updated under the 2020 Act. We checked more than 1,000 documents from the 79 councils. We then asked some councils if we could share some of their policies so that other councils can self-assess their documentation.

All documents are shared with the permission of the relevant council.

Local Government Victoria has other governance guidelines and best-practice policy examples on the Local Government Act 2020 Governance Resources page.(opens in a new window)