(1) Within 5 months after the end of each year, a council must prepare a report as to its achievements with respect to the objectives and performance targets set out in its management plan for that year.(2) A report must contain the following:(a) a copy of the council’s audited financial reports,(b) a comparison of the council’s actual performance of its principal activities during that year (measured in accordance with the criteria set out in the relevant management plan) with the council’s projected performance of those activities (as contained in the relevant management plan), together with a statement of the reasons for any difference between them,(c) a report as to the state of the environment in the area, and in particular in relation to the following environmental sectors:(i) land,(ii) air,(iii) water,(iv) biodiversity,(v) waste,(vi) noise,(vii) Aboriginal heritage,(viii) non-Aboriginal heritage,with particular reference, with regard to each such environmental sector, to:(ix) management plans relating to the environment,(x) special council projects relating to the environment,(xi) the environmental impact of council activities,Note. Section 70 (2) of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 requires a council that is identified in a recovery plan (within the meaning of that Act) as responsible for the implementation of measures included in the plan to report on action taken by it to implement those measures in its annual report as to the state of the environment of its area.
Section 87 (2) of that Act imposes the same requirement in relation to threat abatement plans (within the meaning of that Act).(d) a report on the condition of the public works (including public buildings, public roads and water, sewerage and drainage works) under the control of the council as at the end of that year, together with:(i) an estimate (at current values) of the amount of money required to bring the works up to a satisfactory standard, and(ii) an estimate (at current values) of the annual expense of maintaining the works at that standard, and(iii) the council’s program of maintenance for that year in respect of the works,(e) a summary of the amounts incurred by the council during that year in relation to legal proceedings taken by or against the council (including amounts, costs and expenses paid or received by way of out of court settlements, other than those the terms of which are not to be disclosed) and a summary of the state of progress of each legal proceeding and (if it has been finalised) the result,(f) the total amount of money expended during the year on mayoral fees and councillor fees, the council’s policy on the provision of facilities for use by councillors and the payment of councillors’ expenses, together with a statement of the total amount of money expended during that year on the provision of such facilities and the payment of such expenses,(g) a statement of the number of senior staff employed by the council during that year, together with a statement of the total amount of money payable in respect of the employment of senior staff, including money payable for salary, for the provision of fringe benefits and for all other on-costs connected with their employment,(h) details of each contract awarded by the council during that year (whether as a result of tender or otherwise) other than:(i) employment contracts (that is, contracts of service but not contracts for services), and(ii) contracts for less than $100,000 or such other amount as may be prescribed by the regulations,including the name of the contractor, the nature of the goods or services supplied by the contractor and the total amount payable to the contractor under the contract,(i) (Repealed)(i1) a report on the bush fire hazard reduction activities of the council during that year, including activities carried out under a bush fire management plan approved under the Rural Fires Act 1997,(j) details of programs undertaken by the council during that year to promote services and access to services for people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a manner that is consistent with the principles of multiculturalism,(k) details or a summary (as required by section 67 (3)) of resolutions made during that year under section 67 concerning work carried out on private land and details or a summary of such work if the cost of the work has been fully or partly subsidised by the council, together with a statement of the total amount by which the council has subsidised any such work during that year,(l) the total amount contributed or otherwise granted under section 356,(m) a statement of the human resource activities (such as training programs) undertaken by the council during that year,(n) a statement of the activities undertaken by the council during that year to implement its equal employment opportunity management plan,(o) a statement of all external bodies (such as county councils) that during that year exercised functions delegated by the council,(p) a statement of all companies in which the council (whether alone or in conjunction with other councils) held a controlling interest during that year,(q) a statement of all partnerships, co-operatives or other joint ventures (including public-private partnerships) to which the council was a party during that year,(r) such other information as the regulations may require.(3) Copies of the council’s annual report must be furnished to the Minister and to such other persons and bodies as are required by the regulations to be furnished with the report.