Development contributions are payments or in-kind works provided
by developers towards the supply of infrastructure to support new
land developments. They are a critical component of Victoria’s
broader planning system, and are collected mainly by councils using
Development Contributions Plans, voluntary agreements and planning
and building permit processes.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness and
efficiency of councils’ management of development contributions;
whether they had effective arrangements for managing, monitoring
and reporting on the collection and use of development
contributions; and whether they effectively used development
contributions to deliver planned infrastructure.
The audit examined the nature and use of development
contributions levied by the following councils up to 2008–09:
- City of Port Phillip
- Surf Coast Shire Council
- Wyndham City Council.