Budgets and planning

1. Overview

The Local Government Act 1993 requires councils to have in place a suite of Integrated Plans which must be adopted following each election. 

The Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Framework introduced an inter-related hierarchy of corporate plans which aims to ensure a more sustainable local government sector.  (See Figure 1 below.)

All councils are required to develop and have in place:

IP&R also required councils to constantly report on their activities so the community can see how they are tracking in achieving their vision and aspirations. This is done via a Six-Monthly Delivery Program Report, Annual Report and End of Term Report.  All of this is to occur within a perpetual monitoring and reporting framework in recognition that communities are never static but rather are dynamic and continually changing over time.  To achieve this, councils must constantly engage with their communities to ensure that they stay attuned to their community’s changing aspirations.

2. Our Integrated Plans

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s key plans are now in place with the reporting components to be developed over the next few years.  The principal documents in our suite are set out in the diagram below and can be downloaded below.

Our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) was adopted in December 2017 after the completion of an extensive community engagement exercise.  The CSP is based around the five Strategic Pillars of:

  • Community – A vibrant and active Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Choice - A prosperous Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Character - A sustainably managed Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Connection - A vibrant and active Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Capability - A well governed Queanbeyan-Palerang

Each strategic pillar identifies key goals and community outcomes it wants to see achieved.

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan (including Revenue Policy and Fees & Charges) were adopted on 28 June 2018. These documents set out the services, projects and budgets it will deliver over its three year electoral term.  The Delivery Program normally covers a four-year period based around council electoral terms.  However, our inaugural Delivery Program will only cover a three year period (2018-2021).  This is because we were one of 20 newly merged councils which had their electoral cycle impacted by the NSW Government’s local government reform process.  Once the shortened inaugural term is completed at the 2020 local government elections our integrated plans will come back into alignment with the corporate planning cycle of the 113 non-merged NSW councils.