Budgets and planning

1. Overview

All councils in NSW operate under the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework has been developed to ensure councils take a long-term approach to planning for their communities. Central to the Framework is the Community Strategic Plan which outlines the community’s long-term aspirations and goals. With this established, Council then responds to the community’s wishes via the Delivery Program which covers the life of the elected Council.

Significant community engagement was undertaken during the development of the suite of documents. Council's 2018-19 Integrated Plans were adopted at our Council meeting on 28 June 2018. You can download the documents below and read more about them on the following pages.

2. Community Strategic Plan

The Community Strategic Plan is created through consultation with the community. Council asks the community what they would like to see achieved in the next 10 years.

This plan essentially addresses four key questions for the community:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be in 10 years?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

The Community Strategic Plan was endorsed at the December 2017 Council meeting after completing community consultation.

3. The Budget and Delivery Program

When a new Council is elected it sets out a four-year Delivery Program – sometimes referred to as Council’s contract with the community. The Delivery Program turns the strategic goals found in the Community Strategic Plan into actions. This is the point where Council makes a commitment to the Community Strategic Plan, and acts upon those issues that are within its area of responsibility.

It identifies all of the key activities the Council has committed to undertake over its four-year term. All plans, projects, activities and funding allocations of the Council must be directly linked to the Delivery Program. The new delivery plan will be finalised once the new Council is elected in September 2017.

Each year Council has an annual budget and operating plan. This contains the details of what Council will do in a given year as part of its current Delivery Program. It provides details on individual actions that will be undertaken, through provision of ongoing services and programs. As part of the development of the budget and operating plan each year, Council also sets its fees and charges and Revenue Policy which will apply for the financial year.

Sitting alongside these elements and both informing and being informed by all other components of the framework is Council's Resourcing Strategy. The strategy provides the critical link between strategies and resources and focuses on assets, finances and workforce.

The integrated planning framework ensures that all Council activities and resources are directed to achieving the Community Strategic Plan and ensures a high level of accountability at each level so that all actions are carried out and are consistent with Council's strategic direction.