Annual Report & Budget

Our Annual Report is prepared each financial year in accordance with Section 131 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The current Annual Report 2015-2016(PDF, 3MB) includes information about us, our performance, our strategic objectives, performance statements including our Auditor General's Report and financial statements. 

Previous Annual Reports



Our budget outlines the financial resources we need to implement core services as well as the key directions set out in our Council Plan. The Council is currently in the process of adopting a new budget. The budget will be available for download when the Council finalises and adopts the new budget. 

Previous Council Budgets


Adopted Budget 2017-18


The Council has allocated $480,000 for the purchase of a replacement grader and $100,000 for footpath construction in the 2017/18 Council Budget.

The maintenance of unsealed roads and the footpath network are two areas that were identified in the Council Plan consultation.

The 2017/18 Budget was adopted at a Special Meeting of Council on 30 August 2017. It responds to what is essential within an environment of tough financial times.

As part of the budget process, the Chief Executive Officer was requested to identify up to $500,000 in additional savings.

The budget includes savings of: 

Materials and services savings


Employee costs




The materials and services savings are from across the organisation including the State Government assuming full responsibility for funding the State Emergency Service. Employee costs represent a reduction in staff numbers.

Financial contributions to community groups and events

Each year the Council receives submissions from community groups and organisations for financial assistance. The Council has made the below allocations under the 2017/18 Budget.

Tomorrow: Today Foundation

Contribute to fundraising associated with the foundation’s purchase of the ‘Cecily Court’ property.


Boweya Community Inc

Building repairs to the Council-owned Boweya Community Centre.


Benalla Sports Entertainment Centre Inc

Financial assistance to install separate electricity and water meters.


Benalla Squash and Racquetball Association

Contribution to Courts 4 Sports project, including planning, feasibility study and construction.


Benalla Business Network

Ongoing financial support


Raise the Roof Benalla Inc.

Planning and site studies to be undertaken at the Benalla Sports and Equestrian Centre as part of the Raise the Roof project.



2017/18 Budget Summary



Total Revenue


Total Expenditure


Year end forecast

Surplus / (Deficit)


The magnitude of this result is primarily due to an advance payment of $1.963m received in the 2016/17 financial year from the Federal Government which represents 50 per cent of the Council’s 2017/18 Grants Commission allocation.

Download the Adopted 2017-18 Budget(PDF, 2MB)

Download the 2017-18 Budget Report(PDF, 654KB)