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Ararat Rural City

Profile Performance

Provision of good governance to the community including making and implementing decisions with reference to community engagement, policy frameworks and agreed practice

Council decisions made at meetings closed to the public

Percentage of council resolutions made at an ordinary or special meeting of council (or at a meeting of a special committee consisting only of councillors) closed to the public

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

21.89%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

11.92%

All Councils (2018-2019)

9.55%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 18.73% 9.78% 11.53%
2016-2017 19.41% 10.08% 9.45%
2017-2018 17.86% 10.57% 9.29%
2018-2019 21.89% 11.92% 9.55%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

This variance is largely due to a decrease in the number of Council Meeting resolutions presented during 2018/2019 (252 in 2017/2018 against 169 in 2018/19). The total number of decisions made in closed meetings has reduced in this year, but not as a percentage of total decisions made. 47% of these decisions had the confidentiality of the decision and/or report lifted following the Council meeting. Items included in the majority of confidential decisions were sale of land, commercial in-confidence procurement or Councillor leave items. Council continues to aim toward improving processes in relation to transparent governance and decision making by dealing with more Council reports in open meetings. Council have also reviewed it's meeting agenda to streamline the content and information presented, allowing for greater clarity and efficiency.

Community satisfaction with community consultation and engagement

Community satisfaction rating out of 100 with the consultation and engagement efforts of the council. This includes consulting and engaging directly with the community on key local issues requiring decisions by council.

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

49/100

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

55/100

All Councils (2018-2019)

56/100

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 51/100 53/100 55/100
2016-2017 49/100 54/100 55/100
2017-2018 41/100 53/100 56/100
2018-2019 49/100 55/100 56/100

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Council has worked to improve community consultation and processes around engagement which has been reflected by an increase in the 2019 community satisfaction survey results. While the improvement is encouraging, Council is continuing its commitment to listening to, and addressing, community concerns.

Councillor attendance at council meetings

Percentage of attendance at ordinary and special council meetings by councillors

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

95.54%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

92.62%

All Councils (2018-2019)

91.70%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 96.19% 91.25% 91.32%
2016-2017 95.71% 94.05% 94.34%
2017-2018 95.49% 93.52% 93.23%
2018-2019 95.54% 92.62% 91.70%

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Councillor attendance at Council meetings remains consistently high, reflecting Councillor's commitment to active participation in decision making.

Cost of governance per councillor

Direct cost of delivering council's governance service per councillor

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

$40,167.86

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$43,254.39

All Councils (2018-2019)

$48,340.83

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $31,933.88 $36,796.74 $48,411.16
2016-2017 $32,418.06 $36,850.01 $47,978.61
2017-2018 $35,270.29 $43,261.54 $47,505.59
2018-2019 $40,167.86 $43,254.39 $48,340.83

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

This variance increase is due to one off costs associated with recruitment of a new CEO.

Community satisfaction with council decisions

Community satisfaction rating out 100 with how council has performed in making decisions in the interests of the community

Ararat Rural City (2018-2019)

46/100

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

54/100

All Councils (2018-2019)

55/100

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Ararat Rural City Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 48/100 53/100 54/100
2016-2017 50/100 53/100 54/100
2017-2018 33/100 52/100 54/100
2018-2019 46/100 54/100 55/100

Ararat Rural City Council Says...

Council has placed a strong focus on consulting the community in regard to decisions made in their best interests. While the improvement is encouraging, Council is committed to continuously improving in this area.