Integrated planning and reporting framework
Introduced by State Government in 2012, this Framework requires each local government to conduct community engagement to develop a Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Annual Budget and Informing Strategies, which are to be measured and reported on. The Framework aims to ensure the future provision of services is sustainable.
Five key principles to integrated planning and reporting are:
- Aspirational – guided by the community’s vision and goals
- Affordable – confidence that assets and services are affordable and best value
- Adaptable – the ability to adapt plans while maintaining sustainability
- Aligned – provides a basis to work with others / attract other resources to the vision
- Accountable – enables scrutiny
Community engagement is a fundamental element of the Framework. The visioning and goal-setting process is undertaken with the community, and the community has a genuine role in engaging with the strategic issues and options and setting medium and long term priorities that balance aspirations with affordability.
The Shire conducts a major community engagement activity every four years in accordance with legislation, which includes online and hardcopy surveys and workshops with Place Advisory Groups and community members.
The Strategic Community Plan expresses the long-term community aspirations that have been developed with extensive consultation. It is an overarching document that covers a period of 10 years.
The Corporate Business Plan activates the objectives of the Strategic Community Plan and informs the annual budget process to ensure the priorities of the community are achievable. It is an activation document that covers a period of 4 years.
The Annual Budget is a detailed financial plan for the coming year covering all aspects of the Shire’s operations, and reflects the resources generated by way of revenue and the resources consumed by way of expenditure. In addition to its planning aspects, the budget is also used by as a benchmark against which actual financial and delivery performance can be measured.