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Function VF 184
Local government
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  • Use this Function for
    formulation of policy affecting the local government sector development and formulation of legislation and guidelines for the local government sector assistance to councils in the performance of their duties provision of a focus for the views and concerns of municipalities examination and review of municipal boundaries approval of municipal by-laws allocation of funds to municipalities

  • Do not use this Function for
    building regulation municipalities roads and bridges boroughs, cities, shires, towns rates elections planning water supply welfare services

Description of this FunctionDescription of this Function
Background The Central Roads Board (VA 2803) included among its duties the distribution of grants to municipal bodies. This responsibility was assumed by the Board of Land and Works upon its creation in 1857. As local government authorities developed throughout Victoria so did the need to centrally co-ordinate them. Apparently this was undertaken via the roads and bridges function in the first instance, as this provided an existing administrative framework through the construction of roads in municipal districts. The emergence of a separate Local Government Branch in the Public Works Department (VA 669) appears to have occurred in about 1888 and the Branch continued to exist until 1958 when a separate department (VA 601) was established. Minister of Local Government The Minister for Local Government, first appointed in 1958, is responsible for local government authorities and the regulation and monitoring of their activities under the Local Government Act 1958 (No.6299 The Department of Local Government (VA 601) was established to assist the Minister in relation to: approval of statutory procedures such as by-laws, submitted by municipalities reviewing and amending legislation affecting local government examination and review of municipal boundaries. The Department provided 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 had a monitoring role in relation to the operations of local government bodies and was empowered to conduct inquiries into complaints concerning local councils and officials. Local government authorities are subject to the control of State Parliament through the Minister, and the Victorian State Government has the power to remove local councils and replace them with administrators. In January 1991 the remaining core local government responsibilities were transferred to the newly appointed Minister for Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs, being exercised by the Office of Local Government. With the establishment of the Ministry, the Local Government Department Act 1958, was repealed, and the Office became an Associated Administrative Unit. Following significant machinery of government changes after the October 1992 election the Department of Planning and Development was established by Administrative Arrangements Order No.114. The Department inherited responsibility for local government from the short-lived Ministry of Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs. Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996 the Department of Planning and Development was abolished. Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150 all functions of the Department, except the Office of Housing, were transferred on 3 April 1996 to the Department of Infrastructure.
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    Building regulation VF 244
    Municipalities VF 397
    Roads and bridges VF 15
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Date of Responsibility Agency Title Agency Number
- 1958 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
1958 - 1991 Local Government Department VA 601
1992 - 1995 Department of Planning and Development VA 3094
1995 - 1996 Department of Treasury and Finance VA 3745
1996 - cont Department of Infrastructure VA 3971
2002 - 2007 Department for Victorian Communities VA 4562
2007 - 2013 Department of Planning and Community Development VA 4838
2009 - cont Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate VA 5006
2013 - 2014 Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure VA 5003
2015 - cont Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning VA 5036
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- 1958 Public Works VRG 28
1958 - 1996 Local Government I VRG 57
1996 - 1999 Planning and Local Government VRG 126
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