Council services

Every time a person leaves their house, they are using services provided by their local council. Victorian councils deliver more than 100 different services to their local communities. A range of in-home services are also offered by councils. Councils also provide local infrastructure and community facilities valued at over $110 billion across Victoria.

But not every municipality is the same. A council area may have a declining population, lots of young families moving in or an ageing community. They might have only residents, or many industrial businesses, farmers or transient populations that don’t live locally.

Regardless of its characteristics, each council must respond to and provide for the needs of its local community. The list of services and infrastructure may vary from one council to the next depending on local community but generally includes diverse service delivery topics from aged care to health, safety, environment to local laws, emergency management, waste and community development and beyond.

The list of page topics is:

Council services statistics

  • Maternal and child health - over 71,000 first home visits to newborn babies.
  • Immunisations - over 400,000 vaccines to Victorian children.
  • Roads  - 133,040km maintained.
  • Planning permits - 46,330 processed.
  • Public and street lighting - $50 million spent.
  • Landfill - 1.1 million tonnes diverted from landfill.
  • Libraries - 31.5 million items loaned.
  • Sporting facilities - Manage 2800 tennis courts, 800 netball courts, 700 australian football grounds, 500 soccer pitches, 300 basketball courts and 300 bowls greens.
  • Tobacco - Carried out 11,000 tobacco inspections.
  • Early Childhood - Managing Kinder enrolments for 69,000 children.