Good Governance

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Good Governance Guide

A Good Governance Guide was first produced in 2004 by a local government sector ‘Good Governance Advisory Group.

This Guide was updated and relaunched in 2012 by;

  • the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
  • Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)
  • Local Government Victoria (LGV) and
  • Local Government Professionals (LGPro)

Good governance is about the processes for making and implementing decisions. It’s not about making ‘correct’ decisions, but about the best possible process for making those decisions.

Good decision-making processes, and therefore good governance, share several characteristics. All have a positive effect on various aspects of local government including consultation policies and practices, meeting procedures, service quality protocols, councillor and officer conduct, role clarification and good working relationships. To view the Good Governance Guide go to