Councillor expenses and allowances: equitable treatment and enhanced integrity
The Inspectorate has published a new report, Councillor expenses and allowances: equitable treatment and enhanced integrity. The report considers a range of issues associated with councillor expenses and allowances, and provides guidance and insight into the development and application of expenses policies.
Our review of councillor support involved two main aspects: surveys of councillors and governance staff on the level of support councillors receive, and an audit of several councils to assess compliance with legislation and identify best practice for the benefit of the whole sector.
The new Local Government Act 2020 is less prescriptive than its predecessor as to the kind of resources and facilities which should be made available to support councillors, and in defining the types of expenses which may be considered appropriate. This places a particular onus on councils to ensure that expenses policies meet community expectations.
You can download the report below. If you have any feedback on the report or wish to discuss the findings with our team, you can contact us via our website.
For more information on the Local Government Inspectorate and our work, visit our website www.lgi.vic.gov.au