About the Inspectorate

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (Inspectorate) is an independent administrative office established to assess compliance with the Local Government Act 1989 (Act), the guiding legislation for Victoria's 79 councils.

The Inspectorate is staffed by Inspectors of Municipal Administration who have been appointed in accordance with section 223A of the Act. Their powers are stipulated in section 223B of the Act.

The Inspectors of Municipal Administration are divided into teams of investigators and auditors who carry out the functions of the Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate conducts compliance audits at all Victorian local councils, including spot audits, and investigates complaints of alleged breaches of the Act.

The Inspectorate can only investigate matters related to council operations and breaches of the Act involving a councillor, a senior council officer or any individual subject to the conflict of interest provisions within the Act; or any individual where the matter relates to electoral provisions.

The Inspectorate does not investigate complaints relating to council decisions or democratic processes unless there is an allegation of corruption or a breach of the Act.

A key role of the Inspectorate is to promote voluntary compliance with the requirements of the Act and encourage best practice, accountability and transparency in local government.

Functions of the Inspectorate

  • Investigating complaints of alleged breaches of the Act by councillors, senior council officers or a person with delegated responsibility within the Act
  • Conducting audits of all Victorian local councils to assess compliance with the Act
  • Monitoring the corporate governance of Victorian councils
  • Monitoring electoral provisions
  • Undertaking prosecutions for breaches of the Act
  • Providing recommendations to councils for continuous improvement
  • Advising the Minister for Local Government, where a serious failure of corporate governance has been found at council

The Inspectorate is led by the Chief Municipal Inspector.

Contact us

Street address

Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate
Level 27, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Postal address

Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate
GPO Box 2392
Melbourne VIC 3001

Complaints hotline

1800 469 359


(03) 9665 9555




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Page last reviewed on 29 June 2016

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