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The Australasian Legal Information Institute website provides free access to legal information, including the following legislation which is relevant to local government:

Local Government Act 1989

Building Act 1993

Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Planning and Environment Act 1987

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008

Road Management Act 2004

The Institute’s site may not contain the most up-to-date changes to legislation. For the most current versions visit the Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents website.


The Department of Planning and Community Development have a range of useful guides which can all be accessed from the Council Governance publications page :

  • Conflict of Interest guides for councillors, staff and council committees
  • Framework for the Development and Review of Council Staff Codes of Conduct
  • Ensuring Unbiased Democratic Council Decision Making.

The Municipal Association of Victoria also has a useful guide for councillors on Land use planning in Victoria.

For detailed information on the role of audit committees contact Local Government Victoria to obtain a copy of their publication Audit committees: A guide to good practice for local government.


Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

The MAV is legislated peak body for 78 Victorian councils. It acts as an advocate for and provides a range of services to councils and councillors.

Visit the MAV website

Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

A peak body that has local governments, community organisations and individuals making up its membership.

Visit the VLGA website

Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD)

The state government department responsible for local government in Victoria.

Visit the DPCD website

Local Government Professionals (LG Pro)

The professional association for local government officers.

Visit the LG Pro website

Victorian Civil Administration Tribunal (VCAT)

VCAT was established in 1998 to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ dealing with a range of disputes.

Visit the VCAT website

Good Governance Guide

Produced by the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association, Local Government Victoria and Local Government Professionals to promote good governance in local government.