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

Cathy Henderson

Cathy Henderson
General Manager

Ingrid Bishop

Governance and Engagement
Ingrid Bishop
General Manager

Vito Albicini

Operations and Capital
Vito Albicini
General Manager

We are seeking feedback on our 2018/19 Proposed Budget through a process of public exhibition. Our proposed budget 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 proposed budget proposes a rate increase of 2.25 per cent. 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 2.25 per cent 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.

You can download a copy of the proposed budget or view it in hard copy at

  • Preston Customer Service Centre, 274 Gower Street, Preston
  • Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
  • Northcote Customer Service Centre, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote

Proposed Budget 2018/19 Highlights

Key highlights of the draft 2018/19 Budget include

  • Continued progress to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan
  • Delivery of a large capital 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 the foundation of the Darebin Energy Foundation 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

  • Commencement of a new multi-purpose stadium (WMSS) 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 Resevoir 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
  • Works to reinvigorate the Darebin Arts Centre

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
  • Commencement of 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

Have your say

Submission can be made by
Mail:  Manager Finance
           City of Darebin
           PO Box 91
           Preston VIC 3072

Submissions close 5.00pm Friday 11 May 2018

Council will consider any written submissions on the proposed budget at a Special Committee Meeting on Thursday 31 May 2018 in the Council Chamber commencing at 6:00pm.

Budget Listening Posts

Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
28 April 2018 | 11:30-1:30pm

Preston Shire Hall
286 Gower Street, Preston
1 May 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote
3 May 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Pop-up sessions

For details visit

 2017/2018 Budget

Council has adopted the 2017/2018 Budget after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public. The budget was developed through a rigorous process and consultation that included more than 1,200 local people from every part of Darebin. 

This budget is community focused and sets the foundation to deliver the big actions committed to over the next four years through the Council Plan and will benefit Darebin now, and well into the future.

The Budget 2017/2018 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.

The average rate will rise by 2.0% in line with the order by the Minister for Local Government on 16 December 2016 under the Fair Go Rates System.

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 for the final year of the Council Plan 2013-2017.  The Report incorporates the Auditor's report, Financial Statements, Standard Statements and the Performance Statement.

The City of Darebin Annual Report for 2016-2017 was adopted at the Council Meeting on Monday, 16 October 2017.  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 Action Plan that will be renewed every 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 Action Plan are produced every quarter.

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

Further Information

Coordinator Council Plan and Performance
Phone: 8470 8590

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.

The strategies are:


Below are some key reports that detail the performance of Council in meeting the Council Plan objectives.

 The Strategies Progress reports below outlines thirty-five of Council’s most significant endorsed strategies. The reports provide a concise picture of strategy achievements, challenges and forecasts that can be gleaned at a glance.

Progress reports on the Council Plan Action Plan are produced every quarter. Please click on the link below or on the Darebin2021 website to see the results. 

 Council Plan Action Plan Progress Report

Strategies Progress Reports

Capital Works Portfolio Progress Reports

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.