Integrated planning and reporting

3 key stakeholders are involved in the development of an integrated plan: the council, the community and the local government administration led by the chief executive officer.

The council, community and administration each has a unique role and responsibilities for the development of effective and sustainable integrated plans for the local area, and reporting on the progress of those plans.

A successful integrated planning and reporting process will deliver a:

  • Strategic Community Plan that clearly links the community's aspirations with the council's vision and long term strategy
  • Corporate Business Plan that integrates resourcing plans and specific council plans with the strategic community plan
  • clearly stated vision for the future viability of the local area.

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework:

  • recognises that planning for a local government is holistic in nature and driven by the community
  • builds organisational and resource capability to meet community need
  • optimises success by understanding the integration and interdependencies between the components
  • emphasises performance monitoring so that local governments can adapt and respond to changes in community needs and the business environment.

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines provide a process that aims to:

  • ensure community input is explicitly and reliably generated
  • provide the capacity for location-specific planning where appropriate
  • update long term objectives with these inputs
  • identify the resourcing required to deliver long-term objectives, and
  • clearly convey long term financial implications and strategies.


All local governments are required to produce a plan for the future under S5.56 (1) of the Local Government Act 1995

The Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 provide a brief outline of the minimum requirements to meet this requirement, which includes the development of a strategic community plan and a corporate business plan.

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Page reviewed 17 April 2024