Resourcing and Structure of the Local Government Inspectorate

While we do the very best we can, we do have limited resources and so sometimes it can take a while for matters to be investigated once it has been determined there is a possible breach of the Act or a governance issue arising from a complaint.

All levels of government are subject to tight fiscal environments and the LGI is no exception.  We often hear frustrations from the sector and the community around our ability to respond to all complaints quickly and the low level of prosecutions over recent times.  

To prosecute a matter, we require evidence which is sustainable and has a sound chance of success to the substantial financial costs and officer time, as well as ensuring that the outcome will send a positive example to the sector.

Below is a structure chart for the LGI, which demonstrates why we must triage and prioritise complaints carefully and why it may take a bit of time to resolve investigations. 

What is important to note, however, is that we will never refuse to receive complaints or say that we do not have the capacity to review a matter.  Please be assured that the LGI will always look at complaints and investigate matters as soon as our case load and resources enable us to do so.

Local Government Inspectorate Org Chart. Chief municipal inspector is Michael Stefanovic. Manager of investigations has the following members in the team: 2 senior investigators and 4 investigator municipal administration. The manager strategy, governance and operation has the following team members: senior governance and compliance officer, media and comms advisor, business and comms advisor and business support officer.