Organisation and Performance

View our organisation structure, annual budget (including our strategic resource plan), Annual Report, Council Plan and a range of Council's strategies.  For documents that outline processes and procedures relating to other Council business, see our Transparent Governance page.  

The organisation structure at Darebin City Council is headed by the Chief Executive Officer.

The Executive Team comprises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and four General Managers. The Executive Team plans, coordinates and monitors the progress of Council’s goals and strategic direction. 

The General Managers are accountable to the CEO for effective and efficient management of their portfolios and the delivery of the Council Plan.

Sue Wilkinson
Chief Executive Officer
Sue Wilkinson
Rachel Ollivier

City Sustainability and Strategy
Rachel Ollivier
General Manager

Ingrid Bishop

Governance and Engagement
Ingrid Bishop
General Manager

Sam Hewett

Operations and Capital
Sam Hewett
General Manager

Council has adopted the Annual Budget 2019-20 after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public. The budget was developed through an extensive community engagement process that included local people from every part of Darebin and outlines the financial resources we need to deliver the 100 services that we provide to the community. It also outlines proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects.

The budget strives to maintain a critical balance between costs, quality, and value to our ratepayers.

The budget proposes a rate increase of 2.5 percent. This is in line with the Victorian Government’s new Fair Go Rates System which has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.5 percent in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

We are proud to present a budget that maintains our current service levels without the need to apply for an exemption to the rate cap. We have achieved this by working together to approach the budget with balance, fairness and operational efficiency in mind.

This budget is community focused and continues to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan. 

The Annual Budget presents a financially responsible budget that maintains all services and infrastructure from the previous year as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community.

Key highlights of the Annual Budget include

  • Continued progress to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan
  • Delivery of a large capital works program
  • Delivery of high quality services and programs for the community
  • Maintenance of our long term financial sustainability
  • No borrowings

    Sustainability initiatives include

  • Doubling solar power in Darebin
  • Supporting Climate Emergency Darebin and the Darebin Nature Trust
  • Dramatically improving walking and cycling infrastructure
  • Continued implementation of the Climate Emergency Plan
  • Investment in range of energy efficient initiatives

    Community initiatives include

  • Ongoing provision of over 100 services to residents, businesses and community groups from the early years - maternal and child health and family services - through to retirement and seniors activities.  Services also include waste collection, youth services, libraries, arts programs, festivals and more
  • Preparation of a Community Engagement Strategy to support Councils deep commitment to increasing community participation in all of our decision making processes
  • Ongoing support and advocacy to strengthen our diverse and multicultural community
  • Ongoing review of our services to respond to changing community needs, significant population growth, financial challenges

    Public infrastructure initiatives include

  • Ongoing works for a new multi-purpose stadium at John Cain Reserve to provide more sports opportunities for women and girls
  • Planning for future improvements to the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and the Reservoir Leisure Centre
  • A wide program of improvements and new works in our parks, open spaces, playgrounds and sporting facilities across the municipality
  • Ongoing investment to ensure our critical assets and infrastructure are maintained including roads, footpaths and drains
  • The ongoing provision of an outstanding performing arts and cultural programme

    Strategy and planning initiatives include

  • A significant program of strategic initiatives aimed at setting out a long term, integrated plan for the future of the City and guiding land use, development, housing affordability, future community and physical infrastructure and transport requirements and opportunities for economic growth
  • Finalisation of a new Open Space Strategy and the preparation of controls to ensure ongoing funding for open space to support our growing community.
  • A new developer contributions levy for infrastructure to serve our growing community
  • Continuing work on the Preston Urban Design Framework including updating the structure plan to ensure we have a clear plan to address growth and change in and around Preston

2019/2020 Budget

Adopted Budget 2019-2020

Strategic Resource Plan 2019-2023

Budget Highlights 2019 -2020

2018/2019 Budget

Adopted Budget 2018/19

Strategic Resource Plan 2018-2022

2017/2018 Budget

Annual Budget 2017/18

Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021

Further Information
Allan Cochrane
Manager Finance
Phone: 8470 8619

The purpose of the Annual Report is to review the Council’s strategic, operational and financial performance for each financial year and to provide feedback to ensure we remain accountable to our community.

The Annual Report maps out how we performed against our strategic objectives, and our results in meeting the goals of the Council Plan 2017-2021.  The Report incorporates the Auditor's report, Financial Statements, Standard Statements and the Performance Statement.

The Darebin City Council Annual Report for 2018-19 was adopted by Council on Monday, 14 October 2019.  A copy of the report is available below:

Previous Annual Reports are available below:

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8590

Council has adopted the 2017-2021 Council Plan after considerable community consultation and a consideration of submissions that included more than 1,000 local people and businesses from every part of Darebin.

Darebin Council Plan 2017-2021

The Council Plan articulates the vision, mission and goals for the four-year Council term.

The Darebin Council Plan begins with the challenges that our City and community currently face.  It then recognises that these and other issues will only grow in influence and emerge as significant challenges for us all in the future.  For example, the Plan explains how we will deal with rapid population growth and increasing traffic congestion by advocating for better public transport, better roads and by building safer cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

For the first time, we have also developed a detailed Annual Action Plan that will be renewed every financial year, as well as a dedicated Council Plan website called Darebin2021 with video and interactive graphs to explore and help you learn more about Council’s vision for the City.

Progress reports on the Council Plan Annual Action Plan are produced every quarter.

You can click on the links below to view these documents:

Previous Action Plans and Progress Reports are available below:

Further Information

Planning and Reporting
Phone: 8470 8456

Council has adopted a number of strategies that will help implement the six goals of its 2017-2021 Council Plan. These strategies say what, when and how we will deliver on our promises.

Under Consultation: 

Your Say Darebin is our website dedicated to conversations about our projects and initiatives and provides you with an opportunity to have a say and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities and views.

 The strategies listed below (along with the month of adoption) are:


Council is committed to making information available that explains how we operate and how we make our decisions in accordance with the 6 principles of our Good Governance Charter: Transparency; Accountability; Equity and Inclusion; Effectiveness and Efficiency; Community Engagement; and Ethical Decision Making.

Transparent Governance
For a range of documents that outline processes and procedures relating to various aspects of Council business see Transparent Governance.