Our new budget

Darebin Council’s Budget 2023/24 was adopted at the Council Meeting on 26 June 2023 following two stages of community engagement.

The 2023/24 budget has been carefully developed to deliver the services you told us were most important, underpinned by a strong focus on financial sustainability.

This year’s budget totals $226.2 million, with a $196.2 million operating budget and an investment of $30 million in capital works.

In response to increased economic pressure we have also revised and adopted several supporting financial documents. These are:

  • The Council Plan
  • The 10-year Financial Plan
  • The Rates and Hardship Policy which sets out how council supports those in need
  • The Rating and Revenue Policy which guides how Council sets rates

Read more about the adopted budget.

How we engaged with you

Stage 1

In February, we asked you to help shape our 2023/24 Budget by telling us what services and projects were most important to you.

We received feedback from:

  • Over 2,400 survey responses
  • 24 Budget submissions
  • Four community drop-in sessions
  • Six sessions with culturally and linguistically diverse community groups.

Your feedback gave us a clear idea of the community’s priorities during these financially challenging times.

We heard your feedback and have reviewed our projects and services so we can meet community needs while ensuring our financial sustainability.

You told us services relating to parks and open space, sustainable transport, aged and disability, facilities and infrastructure, community wellbeing, and recreation and leisure were your highest priorities. These are reflected in our draft Annual Budget 2023-24 (4-year financial outlook).

Stage 2

From 23 May to 6 June, we asked the Darebin community for their comments on the draft Annual Budget 2023-24 and supporting financial documents. We used your feedback to help finalise these documents.