Audits in progress

Campaign Donation Returns

Objective

Ensuring that all candidates in the October 2016 general election have individually submitted their Campaign Donation Return Form, including testing the veracity of information disclosed on selected returns.

Issues

All candidates in Victorian council elections are required to submit returns, and are expected to do so accurately, honestly and in the prescribed format. This is a key part of the electoral process and helps promote integrity and transparency in the local government sector. While this review is part of the scheduled post-election audit program, the Inspectorate received information following the 2016 elections that questioned the disclosures of specific candidates.    

Stakeholders

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), local councils

Audit target

Sample of candidates who submitted campaign donation returns

Scheduled completion

November 2017

Relationship between councillors and CEOs

Objective

Review existing arrangements between councils and CEO’S to identify opportunities to strengthen the appointment process.

Issues

Previous investigative and compliance work has indicated a number of examples of a lack of transparency and accountability  through the CEO engagement, review and re-appointment processes. The Inspectorate will undertake a review of the impact of CEO/councillor relationships on contract negotiations, with a view to highlighting potential improvements in relationships, and through the appointment and review processes.  

Stakeholders

Councils, council staff, peak bodies and special interest groups

Scheduled completion

December 2017

Managing high-risk, time-critical governance requirements

Objective

Assessing and analysing governance concerns.

Issues

As a result of information received, and research undertaken, the Inspectorate is to conduct a number of compliance reviews across the sector. These reviews are to focus on matters that have been identified as high risk to both councils and their communities, and are to ensure councils have suitable controls in place to meet requisite governance standards in a timely and competent manner.  

Stakeholders

Whole sector

Scheduled completion

As required

City of Greater Geelong election - October 2017

Objective

To ensure a fair and democratic election process, the Inspectorate’s broad responsibilities include: monitoring candidate eligibility; providing advice to and monitoring the conduct of the council and candidates; receiving and assessing allegations; and conducting investigations into potential offences under the Local Government Act 1989.

Issues

The City of Greater Geelong’s transition from administrators back to democratically elected councillors, leading up to and subsequent to the October 2017 election, will provide the Inspectorate with the opportunity to provide guidance and oversight to ensure integrity standards are upheld across all aspects of the election process. The Inspectorate will work with the Council, candidates and the VEC in assisting to deliver a fair and transparent election process.

Stakeholders

City of Greater Geelong, community, Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

Scheduled completion

December 2017