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Ten years of strengthening local government integrity

Monday 2 September 2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Inspectorate’s inception.

The Local Government Inspectorate was established in September 2009 and is currently the only dedicated integrity agency for local government in Australia,

Known as the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate from its inception until its name was changed through an order by the Governor in Council in May 2018, the Inspectorate was founded by the current Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf and a small, dedicated team.

The Inspectorate was initiated after a major investigation by Ombudsman Victoria and a Municipal Inspector into Brimbank Council, which resulted in the council’s dismissal in 2009.

Over the past 10 years, Inspectorate have handled:

  • 4,200 complaints and allegations
  • 732 investigations – averaging 50 per year and up to 100 in election years
  • 63 prosecutions – just under 10% of investigations
  • 90 audits and examinations

Staff have also published or delivered:

  • 90 reports – including public and confidential council reports
  • 30 newsletters
  • 124 presentations

Major achievements over the past 10 years include informing policy and legislative reform, delivering recommendations to improve council operations and integrity, and playing a key role in assessing and investigating breaches of the electoral provisions at the Local Government Act at three general council elections.

The Inspectorate has built networks within the sector and developed strong collaborative relationships with other Victorian integrity agencies such as IBAC, Victorian Ombudsman and Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.

Ten years of LGI