The Local Government Inspectorate’s Annual Report 2019-20 provides information on our progress in strengthening the integrity, accountability and transparency of local government in Victoria.
The Inspectorate received and assessed 272 complaints and completed 56 investigations for the year. As with many public and private sector organisations, COVID-19 provided additional challenges to the Inspectorate's work and the transition to remote working required staff to find new ways to continue ongoing investigations and preparations for the 2020 local council elections.
Acting Chief Municipal Inspector Dr John Lynch said:
In these unprecedented times, coronavirus has shown us that transparency in local government is vital. It has also shown us the value in having a robust integrity system which can oversee the decisions made on our behalf—even if they are taking place behind closed doors.
Reviewed 18 December 2020