Budgets and planning

1. Overview

Council will be working on the delivery program in the first half of 2018. The Delivery program sets out what we will work on during elected Council's term. There will be opportunity for the community to be involved and have their say. All of these documents have a tiered structure of plans and reports which set out our long term vision.

Council's 2017-18 Integrated Plans were adopted at our Council meeting on 28 June 2017.

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.