Maintaining local roads

Overview

Objective

To determine whether councils are achieving value for money in maintaining their local roads.

Issues

Under the Local Government Act 1989, Victoria’s 79 councils are responsible for the care and management of their local roads. The Road Management Act 2004 lays out these responsibilities.

Across the state, there are approximately 130 299 kilometres of local roads, which make up 87 per cent of the state’s total road network. These include unsealed roads—unformed, formed or gravel—and sealed roads. In 2017–18, Victoria’s councils spent almost $250 million on local roads maintenance.
Councils need to maintain local roads so they are safe and functional, and do so cost effectively and efficiently. This audit will examine whether councils are identifying and implementing efficiencies to maintain their roads in a financially sustainable way.

Other key stakeholders are DELWP and VicRoads. The audit will be alert to how they, and other stakeholders, may impact on councils' road maintenance.

Proposed agencies

Gannawarra Shire Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

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