Three major parties are involved in the development of an integrated
plan: the local government administration, the Council and the
community. Each party has a unique role and responsibilities for
effective and sustainable integrated planning and reporting, with the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 requiring each local government to adopt a Strategic Community Plan and a Corporate Business Plan.
A successful integrated planning and reporting process will deliver the following outcomes:
- a Strategic Community Plan that clearly links the community's aspirations with the Council's vision and long term strategy
- a Corporate Business Plan that integrates resourcing plans and specific council plans with the Strategic Community Plan, and
- a clearly stated vision for the future viability of the local government area.
Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines
have been developed as part of the State Government's Local Government
Reform Program. They reflect a nationally consistent approach to
integrated planning as expressed by the Council of Australian
Governments' Local Government Planning Ministers' Council.
- recognises that planning for a local government is holistic in nature and driven by the community
- builds organisational and resource capability to meet community need
- optimises success by understanding the integration and interdependencies between the components, and
performance monitoring so that local governments can adapt and respond
to changes in community needs and the business environment.
The framework and guidelines provide a process to:
- ensure community input is explicitly and reliably generated
- provide the capacity for location-specific planning where appropriate
- update long term objectives with these inputs
- identify the resourcing required to deliver long-term objectives, and
- clearly convey long term financial implications and strategies.
All local governments are currently required to produce a plan for the future under S5.56 (1) of the
Local Government Act 1995. Regulations have been made under S5.56(2) of the Act to briefly outline the minimum requirements to achieve this.
minimum requirement to meet the intent of the plan for the future is
the development of a Strategic Community Plan and a Corporate Business
Plan. View the