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Council's Corporate Planning and Reporting

Since 1 July 2010, Coffs Harbour City Council has been using a new set of strategic tools to set out the budgets, activities and performance measures to be pursued to help achieve the organisation's objectives.

The new format meets the legislative requirements of the State's Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) Framework. The reforms are intended to enhance local councils' long-term focus in line with the aspirations of their communities. They are also designed to make councils more accountable.

Council sets out the activities it proposes to pursue through a four-year Delivery Program and a subsidiary, one-year Operational Plan (accompanied by Program Budgets and a schedule of Council Fees and Charges). The format matches the thematic structure of the Coffs Harbour 2030 Community Strategic Plan and is supported by a Resourcing Strategy that addresses Long Term Financial Planning, Asset Management and Workforce Management.

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan have to be reviewed every year.

The 2014/2018 Delivery Program, 2014/2015 Operational Plan, Division Budgets 2014/2018 and Fees and Charges 2014/2015 were adopted on 22 May 2014 with two budget scenarios in place - one including a three-year Special Rate Variation (SRV) and one without. On 3 June 2014, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) announced its approval of the proposed SRV for 2014/2015 only.

The Budget and Operational Plan for 2014/2015 have been implemented without change; however, Council has subsequently undertaken a further review of ‘Levels of Service’ and funding options to facilitate the ongoing budget strategy set out for the full term of the 2014/2018 Delivery Program. The funding options have included:

1.       A new Special Rate Variation application to assist Council to meet its infrastructure maintenance and renewal needs. On 19 May 2015, IPART approved Council’s application for SRVs in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.
2.       The Transformation to Sustainability project to help the organisation address an underlying operational deficit.

These initiatives are central to the budget proposals incorporated in the Draft 2015/2019 Delivery Program and supporting documents. 

2015-2016 Plans

The draft plans were placed on exhibition for public comment from 24 April 2015 until 22 May 2015. 

Draft 2015-2019 Delivery Program

Draft 2015-2016 Operational Plan

Draft Division Budgets 2015-2019

Draft Fees and Charges 2015-2016

Following consideration of community submissions, Council is scheduled to consider the revised plans for adoption on 11 June 2015.

 Adopted by Council on 12 February 2015

2014-2015 Plans

Adopted by Council on 26 February 2015

Progress Report 2014-2018 Delivery Program

Adopted by Council on 27 November 2014

Current Annual Report (2013-2014):

Adopted by Council on 22 May 2014

Delivery Program 2014-2018 (1.3MB, .pdf)
Operational Plan 2014-2015 (1.5MB, .pdf)
Division Budgets 2014-2018 (1.2MB, .pdf)
Fees and Charges 2014-2015 (1.3MB, .pdf)

 Resourcing Strategy (1.5MB) (adopted by Council on 13 Feb 2014). The strategy includes the Long Term Financial Plan, the Asset Management Strategy and the Workforce Management Plan.

See older reports