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.  

Organisation Structure

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

The Executive Management Team (EMT) comprises the Chief Executive (CE) and five Directors. EMT plans, coordinates and monitors the progress of Council’s goals and strategic direction. 

The Directors are accountable to the CE for effective and efficient management of their portfolios and the delivery of the Council Plan.

Phil Shanahan
Acting Chief Executive
Philip Shanahan
Andrew McLeod
Corporate Services
Andrew McLeod
Steve Hamilton
City Futures and Assets
Steve Hamilton
Katrina Knox
Community Development
Katrina Knox
Jacinta Stevens
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Jacinta Stevens
Oliver Lido
Operations and Environment
Oliver Vido

Annual Budget

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Council has adopted the 2016/2017 Budget after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public. The budget was developed through a rigorous process of consultation and review and Council endorses it as financially responsible.

2016/2017 Budget

The Budget 2016/2017 presents a financially sound budget that maintains all services and infrastructure from the previous year as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community while keeping within the rate increase mandated by the State Government. This budget is balanced and community focused.

The average rate will rise by 2.5% in line with the order by the Minister for Local Government on 14 December 2015 under the Fair Go Rates System.

Proposed 2017/2018 Budget

The proposed Budget 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.

Council wants Darebin’s diverse community and future generations to live happy and healthy lives and the global climate emergency means we must now take urgent action to reduce emissions. Accordingly funds are committed to create a Darebin Nature Trust and to establish the Darebin Energy Foundation. Both initiatives will help to ensure our ambitious sustainability and liveability goals are achieved.

The Budget commits funds for infrastructure including building safer and more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly roads and paths. 

Development of a new Developer Contribution Program will ensure developers contribute their fair share, and the levy charged for subdivisions will be increased to fund more open space.

It seeks to maintain and improve services that are valued by our community, and do this within the rate increase mandated by the State Government of two per cent.

We are now finalising the Budget 2017/2018 for consideration at a  Special Council Meeting on 22 June. 

Click to view the proposed Budget

Further Information
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 8470 8619

Annual Report

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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 Report maps out how we have performed against our strategic objectives, and how we are tracking towards achieving the goals set out in our 2013 - 2017 Council Plan which was adopted in June 2013. The Report incorporates the Auditor's report, Financial Statements, Standard Statements and the Performance Statement.

The Annual Report for 2015-2016 was formally adopted at the Council Meeting held on Monday, 3 October 2016.  A copy of the report is available below:

Previous Annual Reports are available below:

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8590

Council Plan

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The 2013-2017 Council Plan is coming to an end and we are getting ready to adopt the Council Plan for 2017-2021. Council Plan outlines our commitment over the next 4 years and explains our vision, mission and goals over the period.

Council plan 2013-2017

The commitments in the Plan are a response to the feedback gathered through a broad consultative process and an analysis of relevant trends. Council Officers had direct discussions with over 1,000 people during the preparation process, the results of which have strongly influenced the Plan’s Vision, Mission and its detailed strategies.

A Charter of Good Governance that informs the community about what it can expect from Council has been adopted. The Charter has six principles:  

  1. Transparency
  2. Accountability
  3. Equity and Inclusion
  4. Effectiveness and Efficiency
  5. Community Engagement
  6. Ethical Decision Making
The 2013-2017 Darebin City Council Plan (including the Strategic Resource Plan) are available below.

For the most recent budget document and Strategic Resource Plan, please go to the Annual Budget page.

Council plan 2017-2021

We are getting ready to finalise and adopt our Council Plan for 2017-2021. The commitments contained in the draft Plan respond to feedback gathered through an extensive consultative process and analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other sources. 

We sought community feedback throughout May and June and are now preparing the final plan for adoption at a Special Council Meeting on 22 June. 

Click to view the proposed Draft Council Plan and Draft Action Plan

Further Information
Phone: 8470 8590

Council Strategies

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Council has adopted a number of strategies that will help implement the six goals of its 2013-2017 Council Plan. These strategies say what, when and how we will deliver on our promises.
The strategies are:


Our Performance

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The report below outlines thirty-five of Council’s most significant endorsed strategies whose outcomes and actions have not already been reported to Council for its attention within the last six months of the date of this report. The attached reports provide Council with a concise picture of strategy achievements, challenges and forecasts that can be gleaned at a glance.

Strategies Progress Reports

Capital Works Portfolio Progress Reports


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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.