Election period policy review
We completed a review following changes to the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) in November 2015. With the inclusion of section 93B into the Act which required all councils to adopt an election period policy by 31 March 2016.
The policy helps:
- the community understand the procedures each council will adopt during the election period to ensure the fairness of the election
- with appropriate use of council resources
- prevent inappropriate decision making.
Greater Geelong City Council Community Priorities Scheme Investigation
Our 2014 investigation into the Greater Geelong City Council's Community Priorities Scheme identified a significant integrity risk. The scheme allowed ward councillors to act arbitrarily in their allocation of public money over a period of nine years, starting in 2005.
Review of Councillor Discretionary Funds
Our 2013 review of council practices related to Councillor Discretionary Funds. The review was initiated to ensure that any discretionary spending by councillors was accountable, transparent and complied with the Local Government Act 1989.
Election Process Review
Our review of 8 councils to assess their election processes, in particular, the validity and accuracy of the voters' list. The review was done in the lead up to the 2012 council elections.
Election Caretaker Policy
A 2012 review of the election caretaker arrangements and policies at Victoria's 79 councils. The review was done in preparation for the caretaker period before the 2012 elections.
A bulletin released in 2011 on an audit of the management of special committees by Victoria's 79 councils. Special committees can be an effective way of spreading council's workload but they must comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989.