Agency VA 601
Local Government Department
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Date Range: 1958 - 1991
 
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Establishment and Local Government Functions

The Local Government Department developed from the Local Government Branch of the Public Works Department (VA 669). The Department was established in 1958 under the provisions of the Local Government Department Act (No.6479), inheriting all functions and duties relating to local government and the administration of the Act.

The Department of Local Government assists the Minister in relation to the:

approval of statutory procedures such as by-laws submitted by municipalities
review and amendment of legislation affecting local government
examination and review of municipal boundaries.

The Department provides consultancy and advisory services to local government bodies in relation to administrative, financial, electoral and legislative matters as well as entrepreneurial activities and joint ventures. It also has a monitoring role in relation to the operations of local government bodies and is empowered to conduct inquiries into complaints concerning local councils and officials.

The Department had an oversight role in relation to the building control activities of local councils. In 1985 this responsibility passed to the Ministry for Planning and Environment (VA 1024).

Planning

The Minister for Local Government was also responsible for the Town and Country Planning Board from 1958 until 1973 when the portfolio of Planning was established. However throughout this period, the Department itself did not take responsibility for the administration of the Town and Country Planning Acts as the Board reported directly to the Minister. The Department did however have some administrative involvement in planning between 1974 and 1976 when the Ministry of Planning (VA 600) operated as a sub-department of the Local Government Department, although it was responsible to the Minister of Planning (VRG 65).

Valuations

In 1960 the valuation function passed from the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475) to Local Government under the position of Chief Valuer, later Valuer-General. By 1969 a Valuer-General's Office had been established within the Local Government Department. In March 1985 substantial new administrative arrangements throughout the public service saw the Valuer-General's Office transferred to the Department of Property and Services (VA 430).

Weights and Measures

Regulation of weights and measures was also the responsibility of the Local Government Department from 1965 to 1985. It too was inherited from the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475), and later passed to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs (VA 1026).

Services to Older Persons

Following the appointment of Maureen Lyster as Minister for Local Government and Minister for the Aged in 1989 the Older Persons Planning Office (VA 2997) was transferred from the Department of Community Services (VA 2633) to the Local Government Department to co-ordinate work in state agencies and to plan services and programs for older Victorians. The Office also supports the Older Persons Consultative Council, which assists in increasing community awareness of older person's issues, and consults with relevant organisations.

Abolition of the Department

In January 1991 the responsibility for the local government functions and services to older persons were transferred to the newly established Ministry of Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs (VA 3015).

Location of Records

Significant records are held by the Public Record Office. For records of local councils, see VRG 12 Municipalities.

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.14.0.


 
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? 1934 - ? 1963 Municipal Audit Reports VPRS 10049 North Melbourne Open
? 1965 - ? 1974 List of Authorised Subject Headings, Multiple Number System VPRS 8814 North Melbourne Open
? 1972 - 1981 Register of Objections to Private Street Construction and Drainage Schemes, Arbitrator, Local Government VPRS 16146 North Melbourne Open
? 1972 - 1981 Determination Files, Objections to Private Street Construction and Drainage Schemes, Arbitrator, Local Government VPRS 16148 North Melbourne Open
? 1975 - ? 1975 Municipality Index to Correspondence VPRS 8775 North Melbourne Open
1877 - 1965 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System I (Roads and Bridges Branch 1877-c1888; Local Government Branch c1888-1958) VPRS 384 North Melbourne Open
1950 - 1975 General Correspondence Files, Year and File Category System [Weights and Measures Branch] VPRS 9523 North Melbourne Open
1950 - 1994 Conference Proceedings, Reports and Other Papers [Weights and Measures Branch] VPRS 9525 North Melbourne Open
1956 - 1965 Card Register to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System I (Local Government Branch 1956-1958) VPRS 5722 North Melbourne Open
1965 - 1974 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 5397 North Melbourne Open
1970 - 1970 Transcript of Proceedings, Inquiry into the Advisability of the Union of the Cities of Melbourne, Fitzroy, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne VPRS 17789 North Melbourne Open
1972 - 1981 Register of Appeals against Sub-Division Plans, Arbitrator, Local Government VPRS 16147 North Melbourne Open
1974 - 1990 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System II VPRS 8318 North Melbourne Closed
1974 - 1990 Card Index to General Correspondence Files [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8812 Other Closed
1974 - 1990 Card Index to Municipal Correspondence Files [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] VPRS 8813 Other Closed
1975 - 1989 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System [Weights and Measures Branch] VPRS 9524 North Melbourne Open
By 1957 - ? 1959 Card Index to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System I (Local Government Branch) VPRS 10170 North Melbourne Open
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1958 - 1985 Building regulation VF 244
1958 - 1991 Local government VF 184
1960 - 1985 Valuations VF 187
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1960 - 1985 Office of the Valuer-General VA 2322
1969 - 1974 Town Planning Appeals Tribunal VA 598
1974 - 1975 Ministry for Planning VA 600
1989 - 1991 Older Persons Planning Office VA 2997
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1958 - 1991 Local Government I VRG 57
1974 - 1976 Planning I VRG 65