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Local Government Performance Reporting Framework

The Victorian Government has been working with councils to develop a performance reporting framework to ensure that all Councils are measuring and reporting on their performance in a consistent way.  The Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) has become mandatory for Councils as part of the planning and reporting cycle for the Financial Year 2014-15. A website called Know Your Council is now available for the community to view. 

The primary objective of the LGPRF is to provide comprehensive performance information that meets the needs of stakeholders. This is an objective that seeks to balance the needs and expectations of a number of audiences.

In meeting this objective:

  • Councils will have information to support strategic decision-making and continuous improvement
  • Communities will have information about Council performance and productivity
  • Regulators will have information to monitor compliance with relevant reporting requirements
  • State and Commonwealth Governments will be better informed to make decisions that ensure an effective, efficient and sustainable system of local government

In the 2014-2015 Annual Report, Council provides these measures of performance.

Part of the initiative is the development of the 'Know Your Council' website which will enable collection and dissemination of the LGPRF data for all Victorian Councils and a portal for the community (and Councils) to assess individual Council performance and benchmark against other like Councils.

Council has provided some examples below of results in comparison to other Councils and an explanation of variations.

Measurement Description

Bass Coast

Similar Councils

All Councils

Cost of animal management service per registered animal

$77.43

$44.14

$44.12

Council says: Additional costs in 14/15 associated with dogs on beaches consultations.

Animal management prosecutions

41.00

14.67

13.11

Council says: We have a Prosecutions Officer on staff which improves our success rate.

Cost of indoor aquatic facilities per visit

$4.25

$6.40

$3.17

Council says: We have altered our measuring method which will provide a more accurate account of cost and usage of Aquatic facilities from here forward. Currently, this figure is accurate to the previous measurement means.

Cost of food safety service per premises

$1,123.57

$522.42

$574.19

Council says: Council has recognised the need to review its Environmental Health Service.  A  formal Service Review is currently underway that will enable analysis of this variation.

Time taken to decide planning applications

68 days

59.04 days

65.67 days

Council says: Time taken to assess applications has been impacted by extended timeframes needed to assess large developments applications ie. Hot Springs Development at Phillip Island.

Planning applications decided within 60 days

63.00%

71.23%

70.50%

Council says: The number of applications assessed within the prescribed 60 days has increased with a year to date of 73%

Recurrent grants per head of municipal population

$357.21

$608.96

$536.10

Council says: Recurrent grants include funding from the Victorian Grants Commission as well as funding from the State in relation to Roads to Recovery, aged & disability services, home care, respite care, personal care and other ongoing funded programs.  The Victorian Grants Commission comprises the majority of recurrent grants, and the allocation of these funds amongst Council’s varies greatly as a result of a number of factors including differing expenditure needs, capacity to raise revenue, population, population growth and tourism.

Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage of the municipality

3.00

5.16

5.61

Council says: Result as per Bureau of Statistics Socio Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Data Cube only, 2011

Kerbside collection waste diverted from landfill

28.00%

42.09%

40.86%

Council says: Council does not currently provide a kerbside garden or food organics collection with these materials being managed in alternative ways, some going to landfill and some managed through transfer stations and commercial pickups, resulting in a low diversion rate compared to Councils who do offer these services.

Additionally, Council currently utilises a manual recycling sorting facility which precludes the diversion of small broken glass from the waste stream.  As glass is a heavy material, even small amounts of broken glass sent to landfill represent a high percentage of tonnes of waste material not currently being recycled.  We are working on improvements to services which will greatly increase our future diversion rates.

 

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