Integrated Planning & Reporting

1. Integrated Planning

As part of the NSW Government's commitment to a strong and sustainable local government system, a new planning and reporting framework for NSW local government has been introduced.

These reforms replace the former Management Plan and Social Plan with an integrated framework. It also includes a new requirement to prepare a long-term Community Strategic Plan and Resourcing Strategy.

The specific aims of the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework are to:

  • Improved integration of various statutory planning and reporting processes undertaken by Councils as required by the Local Government Act 1993, the Department's Guidelines and the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979
  • Strengthen Council's strategic focus
  • Streamline reporting processes
  • Ensure that the Local Government Act 1993 and the Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines support a strategic and integrated approach to planning and reporting by local Councils

The new framework opens the way for Councils and their communities to have important discussions about funding priorities, service levels and preserving local identity and to plan in partnership for a more sustainable future.

2. Annual Report (including Audited Financial Statements)

The Annual Report is one of the key points of accountability between a Council and its community.

It is not a report to the Office of Local Government or the NSW Government, it is a report to the Community.

The Annual Report focuses on Council's implementation of the Delivery Program and Operational Plan because these are the plans that are wholly the Council's responsibility.

The 2020/2021 Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded using the link below.

Annual Report 2020/2021(PDF, 4MB)

The 2020/2021 Audited Annual Financial Statements are available using the link below. 

Audited Annual Financial Statements 2020/21(PDF, 20MB)

3. Delivery Program 2022-2026 & Operational Plan 2022-2023

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan is the point where the community's strategic goals are systematically translated in actions.  These are the principle activities to be undertaken by the Council to implement the strategies established by the Community Strategic Plan within the resources available under the Resourcing Strategy. 

Supporting the Delivery Program is an annual Operational Plan.  It spells out the details of the Program and the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken each year to achieve the commitments made in the Delivery Program.

The Goulburn Mulwaree Council's Delivery Program 2022 - 2026 and Operational Plan 2022-2023 was adopted by Council at their Meeting held on 21 June 2022.

A copy of the Delivery Program 2022-2026 and Operational Plan 2022-2023 along with the accompanying Appendices (including Fees & Charges) can be downloaded using the links below.  The documents include details of the rating structure and pricing policy, including fees and charges and a statement containing a detailed estimate of Council's income and expenditure for the 2022-2023 year.

Please note that the abovementioned documents come into force from 1st July 2022.  Council's Operational Plan 2021-2022 along with Fees & Charges is still in operation until 30th June 2022 and can also be accessed from links below.

For further information please contact Councils Corporate & Community Services Directorate on 4823 4552 or email debbie.mccarthy@goulburn.nsw.gov.au

Note:  The Delivery Program 2022-2026 in the link below comes into effect from 1st July 2022.

Delivery Program 2022 - 2026(PDF, 1MB)

Note:  The 2022-2023 Operational Plan and Fees & Charges in the links below come into effect from 1st July 2022.

Operational Plan 2022 - 2023(PDF, 9MB) (PDF, 4MB)

Appendices 2022 - 2023 (includes Fees & Charges at Appendix D)(PDF, 8MB)

4. Resourcing Strategy

The Resourcing Strategy consists of three components:

  • Long Term Financial Planning
  • Workforce Management Planning
  • Asset Management Planning

The Resourcing Strategy is the point where Council assists the community by sorting out who is responsible for what, in terms of the issues identified in the Community Strategic Plan. Some issues will clearly be the responsibility of Council, some will be the responsibility of other levels of government and some will rely on input from community groups or individuals.

Workforce Management Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 1MB)

5. Regional Community Strategic Plan 2042

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level of strategic planning under the framework and sets a vision and strategic priorities for each of the Councils.  All other plans developed by the Council as part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework must reflect and support the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan.

The purpose of the plan is to identify the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and to plan strategies for achieving these goals. In doing this, the planning process will consider the issues and pressures that may affect the community and the level of resources that will realistically be available to achieve its aims and aspirations. While a Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the Community Strategic Plan on behalf of the local government area, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners, such as State agencies and community groups may also be engaged in delivering the long-term objectives of the plan.

In 2021, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) and seven member Councils resolved to collaborate to review their current Community Strategic Plans and apply a regional lens to identify the region's challenges and opportunities.  The Regional Community Strategic Plan project was established with an outlook to 2042 and publicly named Towards 2042.  

The Regional Community Strategic Plan (RCSP) outlines the aspirations of the region and sets strategies to achieve them.  It is split into three sections and each participating Council has a chapter outlining their Community Strategic Plan (CSP).  Each CSP is framed by five themes essential to the liveability and prosperity of local communities i.e. Community, Economy, Environment, Infrastructure and Civic Leadership.  The participating Council's are:  Bega Valley Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley.

A copy of the Regional Community Strategic Plan 2042 and the Goulburn Mulwaree Community Strategic Plan 2042 is available to download using the link below: 

CRJO Regional Community Strategic Plan 2042(PDF, 57MB) 

6. Climate Change Assessment & Adaption Planning

Goulburn Mulwaree Council, as member of the Statewide Mutual Liability Scheme (Statewide Mutual) selected to participate in the Climate Change Risk Assessment program offered to member Councils as part of its 18/19 series of funded initiatives.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council originally participated in the programme during 2010 and developed the original Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning. This year Council sought to conduct a review of the original assessment in light of updated data and initiatives undertaken subsequent to the original study.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council (GMC) understands the impact that Climate Change can potentially have on Council operations and the importance of not only understanding the risks associated but proactively develop and implement initiatives that will help Council to adapt to these potential changes. As such undertook to take this process further and developed new initiatives aimed to create resilience within Council through effective adaptation.

Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation Planning Report(PDF, 1MB)