In 2009, the NSW government passed legislation establishing a new framework guiding local government on new ways of organising and reporting on their activities. This framework, known as Integrated Planning and Reporting, is designed to increase community involvement in future planning, increase local government accountability to the community, improve local government sustainability and encourage greater integration in local government operations.
Within Auburn City Council, Corporate Planning is responsible for identifying community priorities, co-ordinating planning of Council’s activities, manage the integration of Council’s activities and produce reports to maximise the capacity of the organisation to meet the needs of the community and achieve integrated outcomes.
To communicate Council’s efforts in implementing the Framework and to guide Council in achieving the outcomes identified by the community, Auburn City Council has developed a suite of Plans. The Community Strategic Plan is a visionary plan which identifies the priorities of the community. The Delivery Program outlines which projects and services Council will deliver to achieve community identified outcomes over each four year council term, while the Operational Plan details the specific actions Council will carry out to meet the expressed needs of Auburn Community in any given year.
These Plans are constantly monitored and adapted for significant changes in either the expressed needs of the community or developments in Council’s operations.
Council will report to the community on its progress in meeting the activities in the Operational Plan through four quarterly reports and an annual report each year.