What is local government?

Representing around five million people across 79 Victorian councils, local government is the third level of government in the Australian federal system. It delivers a range of services and maintains important community facilities, resulting in significant benefits for all.

Here's just some of what councils do:

  • organise and run local events
  • provide community facilities such as libraries, swimming pools, parks and sporting grounds
  • promote and help local businesses
  • provide services for children and elderly residents
  • promote cultural diversity

Councils are also responsible for administering and enforcing state and local laws related to matters like:

  • land use
  • planning and building
  • environmental protection
  • public health
  • traffic and parking
  • animal management


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