The Essential Services Commission is currently considering a range of indicators for the local government sector. While accountability should be encouraged, the Commission has proposed an additional 65 indicators on top of the 100 already reported by local government.
The Maroondah Leader has reported on the additional $40,000 cost burden this would create for the City of Maroondah:
Maroondah Mayor Alex Makin said the council appreciated the importance of complying with reporting demands, but said “these funds could be better directed to providing vital infrastructure projects and services.”.
Local government reports to at least 17 different State Government departments and agencies, and it is unclear as to what benefit will be received through the creation of additional indicators.