This is a complex, multi layered implementation project that touches on many different areas of council work. The Engage Vic platform will be used as an engagement tool with the local government sector and will be updated continuously with new information.

Local Government Act 2020 Implementation

Local Government Victoria is working with the sector to deliver key requirements of the Local Government Act 2020. During 2020, there has been a great response from the sector to the engagement process enabling us to work together to provide key resources below. Stay connected through our mailing list and attendance at upcoming events. Information is also provided through the Local Government Victoria webpage.

Information and Resources

Approach to Sector-led Implementation

In meeting our commitment to a sector led consultation, implementation is following the forms of inform, consult and co-design.

Inform = Legislation has a fixed position; clarity is required by the sector; provision of an explanation for the purpose of clarity or additional information is required

Consult = There is already commonality within the Local Government Sector; provision of clarification of what has changed may be needed, feedback may be required; the material already exists within the sector but may need improvement

Co-Design = This is a new opportunity for the Local Government Sector, and we will work on the solution together

Mandatory Candidate Training https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-gov...

Electoral Provisions - available on the Local Government Victoria webpage

  • Electoral Regulations
  • City of Melbourne (Electoral) Regulations
  • Development of Candidate Training content and approach

Explanation of Principles - available on the Local Government Victoria webpage

  • Community Engagement
  • Public Transparency
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Service Performance


  • Power of delegation
  • Delegations by Chief Executive Officer
  • General provisions
  • Indemnity provisions
  • Improper conduct
  • Personal Interests returns
  • Compliance Exemptions
  • Specific Powers of the Mayor
  • Election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor


  • Council expense policy
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Gift Policy
  • Arbitration / Councillor Conduct
  • Budget Processes
  • Reporting


  • Governance Rules
  • Joint Meetings
  • Delegated Committees
  • Asset Committees
  • Public Transparency Policy
  • Community Engagement Policy
  • Councillor Induction training
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Community Vision
  • Council Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Revenue & Rating Plan
  • Asset Plans

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The information you provide will be used to enable LGV to find out the level of guidance and support required by the local government sector in order to be implement with the proposed Local Government Act 2020. Your contact details may be used by DJPR or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements to engage with you about your experience with DJPR. This web page will be visible to the general public. The information you provide will be made available to Local Government Victoria, DJPR, Minister for Local Government, and other Ministers, Peak Sector Bodies, Project Control Board members (LGV Senior officers, Peak Sector bodies) Project Operational Group (LGV staff) Other Councils and the general public (identity of Council removed unless by prior consent). If all requested information is not received, DJPR will be unable to understand the requirements of Councils and Peak Sector bodies in order to provide the relevant guidance material, presentation material and fact sheets.

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Jim Barrett, Project Officer, Legislation Implementation