The Inspectorate employed 12 full-time equivalent staff in 2019–20, an increase from 10 staff at the start of 2018-19.
Challenges and opportunities
The 2019-20 period proved challenging with resource constraints and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, however, the additional funding investment by the government aided in supplying added capacity towards the end of the financial year.
In addition, since the commencement of amendments to the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 on 1 January 2020, the Inspectorate has been able to receive referrals of public information complaints involving councillors and local government matters for investigation from the IBAC. This reform further cemented the Inspectorate’s role in local government integrity.
Freedom of Information
The Inspectorate did not receive any Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in 2019-20. FOI requests are handled in accordance with guidelines and processes set down by the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC).
Gifts and donations
Inspectorate staff were not offered, nor did they accept, any gifts during this financial year.
Under the Public Administration Act 2004, the Inspectorate is an administrative office, and was hosted by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) during 2019-20. The Inspectorate utilised corporate services including finance from DPC. Financial information is incorporated into the Department of Premier and Cabinet 2019–20 Annual Report.