Your ideas needed for the 2019/20 Budget!


Background on Council's annual budget:

Every year Council is required by legislation to prepare an Annual Budget.

The Annual Budget contains a description of activities and initiatives to be funded in the budget and how it will contribute to achieving the strategic objectives in the Council Plan.

For more detailed information on the budget please click here



What are we doing?

We want to better align the budget to community needs and expectations. We have listened to the community around ideas they have and what matters most through a series of city-wide listening posts, community workshops and through this online platform.

How can you get involved?

Thank you for all your ideas around the six Council Plan goals! We are now collating and reviewing the feedback provided by the community and will be working on the draft budget.

Check out the reports with the feedback from the workshops and pop-up sessions that were done (under the document library section on the right).


Goal 1. A Sustainable City

Goal: We will be leaders in creating a sustainable city through local innovation projects that address climate change.

Background: Australians are amongst the biggest polluters in the world. We must urgently reduce our greenhouse emissions.

Our challenge is to lead the way by creating a city fueled by renewable energy, with clean lungs made by green space and gardens, and where cycling is the preferred form of transport for local trips.


Goal 2. Opportunities to live well

Goal: We will improve the wellbeing of people in our community by providing opportunities for them to live their lives well.

Background: Darebin is set to grow by at least 40 000 people in the next fifteen years.

Our challenge is to maintain and extend our community’s opportunities to be healthy, participate, and connect with each other, as the population grows.

We make our opportunities accessible to all, including our most vulnerable.


Goal 3. A liveable city

Goal: We will ensure our planning system facilitates high-quality and sustainable development that extracts social, environmental and economic benefits for our community.

Background: Melbourne looks likely to grow to become Australia’s biggest city in the next 30 years.

Our challenge is to remain the best place in the city to live by improving it as Darebin grows.

We will work with the community and other governments to reach this goal.


Goal 4. A strong economy

Goal: We will support and attract a diversity of local businesses and industries by fostering an environment in which they can thrive.

Background: Our businesses contribute $5.8 billion annually to the local economy

Our challenge is to foster a diversity of business opportunities as the economy changes.

We will work with local business and regional partnerships to reach this goal.


Goal 5. Involving our diverse community

Goal: We will lead on equity and recognise our diverse community as our greatest asset for solving future challenges.

Background: We are one of the most diverse local government areas in Melbourne and residents believe diversity makes life in Darebin better.

Our challenge is to lead in the development of inclusion policies and practices, and ensure diverse voices are included in our decision-making.


Goal 6. A well governed Council

Goal: We will be a leading, modern, and open council to meet our challenges, now and in the future.

Background: A changing world requires smarter decisions and new approaches.

Our challenge is to transform our business to reduce costs and work better with others to get the best outcomes for our community.


You can also follow this page (on the right column) and keep up-to-date as the budget is developed and finalised!


Background on Council's annual budget:

Every year Council is required by legislation to prepare an Annual Budget.

The Annual Budget contains a description of activities and initiatives to be funded in the budget and how it will contribute to achieving the strategic objectives in the Council Plan.

For more detailed information on the budget please click here



What are we doing?

We want to better align the budget to community needs and expectations. We have listened to the community around ideas they have and what matters most through a series of city-wide listening posts, community workshops and through this online platform.

How can you get involved?

Thank you for all your ideas around the six Council Plan goals! We are now collating and reviewing the feedback provided by the community and will be working on the draft budget.

Check out the reports with the feedback from the workshops and pop-up sessions that were done (under the document library section on the right).


Goal 1. A Sustainable City

Goal: We will be leaders in creating a sustainable city through local innovation projects that address climate change.

Background: Australians are amongst the biggest polluters in the world. We must urgently reduce our greenhouse emissions.

Our challenge is to lead the way by creating a city fueled by renewable energy, with clean lungs made by green space and gardens, and where cycling is the preferred form of transport for local trips.


Goal 2. Opportunities to live well

Goal: We will improve the wellbeing of people in our community by providing opportunities for them to live their lives well.

Background: Darebin is set to grow by at least 40 000 people in the next fifteen years.

Our challenge is to maintain and extend our community’s opportunities to be healthy, participate, and connect with each other, as the population grows.

We make our opportunities accessible to all, including our most vulnerable.


Goal 3. A liveable city

Goal: We will ensure our planning system facilitates high-quality and sustainable development that extracts social, environmental and economic benefits for our community.

Background: Melbourne looks likely to grow to become Australia’s biggest city in the next 30 years.

Our challenge is to remain the best place in the city to live by improving it as Darebin grows.

We will work with the community and other governments to reach this goal.


Goal 4. A strong economy

Goal: We will support and attract a diversity of local businesses and industries by fostering an environment in which they can thrive.

Background: Our businesses contribute $5.8 billion annually to the local economy

Our challenge is to foster a diversity of business opportunities as the economy changes.

We will work with local business and regional partnerships to reach this goal.


Goal 5. Involving our diverse community

Goal: We will lead on equity and recognise our diverse community as our greatest asset for solving future challenges.

Background: We are one of the most diverse local government areas in Melbourne and residents believe diversity makes life in Darebin better.

Our challenge is to lead in the development of inclusion policies and practices, and ensure diverse voices are included in our decision-making.


Goal 6. A well governed Council

Goal: We will be a leading, modern, and open council to meet our challenges, now and in the future.

Background: A changing world requires smarter decisions and new approaches.

Our challenge is to transform our business to reduce costs and work better with others to get the best outcomes for our community.


You can also follow this page (on the right column) and keep up-to-date as the budget is developed and finalised!