In February 2022, we contacted all Victorian councils requesting they provide us with the above policies. We asked councils to provide us with the name of a contact person at their organisation and provided each council with a link so they could upload the documents onto our system.

Despite a number of councils missing our deadline and others having technical difficulties, we received the requested documents for all 79 councils.

The initial review of about 1,000 policies and other documents comprised of:

  • recording the dates that each was adopted
  • conducting a cursory review to identify those that demonstrated compliance with the Act at a high level
  • checking that documentation was well presented.

Once we had completed the initial review, we randomly chose some policies from a range of councils to take a closer look at them to assess the quality.