What we do

The Local Government Inspectorate is the dedicated integrity agency for local government in Victoria. It has the remit to investigate offences and breaches under the Local Government Act 1989 or examine any matter relating to a council or council operations.

The Inspectorate’s work can be categorised under three main themes – reactive, proactive, and our guidance and education function. Reactive work includes responding to requests for information and enquiries, assessing complaints, conducting investigations and in some cases, prosecutions. Proactive work includes specific council governance examinations and reviews of systemic or thematic issues across the sector. Our guidance and education to the sector is generated by our reactive and proactive work outcomes and includes newsletters, presentations, reports and other communication tools.

Complaints, enquiries and investigations:

  • 421 complaints
  • 595 enquiries
  • 29 investigations


  • 8 prosecutions
  • 11 warnings
  • 42 recommendations

Public engagement:

  • 4 reports
  • 3 newsletters
  • 13 presentations