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 - 827,000 consultations
  • Home assistance and respite care - 4.6 million hours
  • Immunisations - 306,600 in preschools and secondary schools
  • Roads and bridges - 131,552km maintained
  • Homecare meals - 3.4 million delivered
  • Planning permits - 56,500 processed
  • Public and street lighting - $50 million spent
  • Rubbish collections - 1.1 million kerbside collections
  • Parks and reserves - 44,350 maintained
  • Libraries - 46.1 million items loaned to 1 million people
  • Sporting facilities - 15,000 managed
  • Registrations for 73,405 fixed and mobile food businesses
  • Anti-smoking - 16,336 visits to retailers.