Strathbogie Shire Council

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VAGO Action Plan

What happened?

Strathbogie Shire Council was one of four Victorian councils randomly selected to participate in the Victorian Auditor General’s Office Audit (VAGO) on fraud and corruption control in Local Government.

The report concluded there was no fraud or corruption detected at Strathbogie, but it did identify expenditure where it was unclear how residents and ratepayers benefited, practices that may not meet public expectations and non‐compliance with legislative requirements aimed at ensuring transparency over council practices to their communities and regulators.

We understand the community’s concern and disappointment. Council is also disappointed by the breadth of improper actions highlighted in the VAGO report and the organisation’s failure to meet the expectations of our community. Our focus is to implement an action plan that will improve our governance and practices and the culture of the organisation to adhere to them.

Significant resources have been allocated to address the recommendations in the VAGO report and improve our policies and practices.

Click here view the VAGO Audit Report in full

 

Council’s response and Action Plan

Since we received the first draft of the VAGO Audit report, Council started a process to address issues outlined in the report. For example, we immediately stopped the process of selling cars to staff.

In addition to the short-term actions, we have developed a comprehensive action plan, with input from VAGO, Council and Council’s audit committee, which will systematically review and improve our systems and processes.

Strathbogie Shire Council has policies regarding expenditure. The first step is reviewing these to ensure they are clear and rigorous. The second step is to improve the culture of the organisation to ensure these are understood and consistently adhered to.

We will be requesting a further meeting with VAGO in 12 months to review the actions we’ve undertaken and the effectiveness of them. This will be made publicly available.

Click here to view our VAGO Action Plan

 

Our commitment to our community

We are committed to open and transparent engagement as we implement the action plan. To fulfil this commitment, we will:

a) Provide regular updates via the bulletin, website and other channels.

b) Answer community questions. However, we will not disclose personal details of our councillors or staff.

c) Provide opportunities for the community to meet with Council Officers to be updated on the progress and to ask any questions.

 

Do you have questions?

Your question may have been already answered in our Frequently Asked Questions document, which we regularly update.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions relating to the VAGO Audit report or Council’s VAGO Action Plan, you can fill in a request for information form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Alternatively, contact Council Offices on 1800 065 993 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

 

 



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