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We have engaged with the community in two ways – through broader community engagement and via our first People’s Panel.

The broad community engagement took place across the city from Wednesday 30 July to Wednesday 3 September. Anyone could join the conversation using the budget simulator and at a number of community events across the city. Information gathered during the broader community engagement was presented to the People’s Panel to inform their recommendations.

The People’s Panel of 43 randomly selected Melburnians was formed to make recommendations to Council on its spending and revenue strategy over the next decade. Since August 2014, the diverse group of residents and ratepayers were given open access to information, expert opinion and financial data to inform its recommendations.

Project updates are provided below.

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When describing Melbourne, the People’s Panel clearly articulated their aspirations for the city which included service and asset requirements. As a companion strategy to the 10-Year Financial Plan, an asset management strategy has been developed as part of a long-term plan to create and obtain the assets that will be needed by the City of Melbourne in coming decade. By managing our assets carefully we aim to meet future challenges and ensure long-term sustainability and liveability.

Find out more on the Asset Management Strategy page.


October 28, 2015


An external evaluation of the community engagement process was undertaken by Clear Horizon Consulting, experts in evaluation.

They assessed how well the engagement activities adhered to the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values for Public Participation and the City of Melbourne Community Engagement Evaluation Framework which includes other aspects of good practice community engagement (such as value for money).

The evaluation found that community engagement for this project was both highly effective and appropriate in terms of the IAP2 Core Values and other good-practice community engagement criteria. Read the Evaluation Report:

October 14, 2015



Can citizens' juries rebuild trust in representative democracies? Are they legitimate? What constitutes genuine engagement? How do you convince politicians to take the plunge into highly participatory community engagement?

Watch the June edition of the Melbourne Conversations program discussing the outcomes of the 10-Year Financial Plan People's Panel.

August 21, 2015


On Tuesday 30 June, Council unanimously endorsed the 10-Year Financial Plan and accompanying draft Asset Management Strategy to guide how Council manages its finances and assets over the next 10 years.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the plans were developed to make sure Melbourne remained one of the world’s most liveable cities for generations to come.

The 10-Year Financial Plan is heavily influenced by the recommendations proposed by Council’s People’s Panel, a 43-member citizens jury convened to advise on spending and revenue priorities for the next decade. Over six sessions from September to November 2014, the panel was asked to make recommendations to Council.

The 10-Year Financial Plan has taken on board the majority of the 11 key recommendations made by the citizen’s jury. From planning for more public open space to continuing to deliver a high standard of events and the redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market.

Council could not meet the recommendation to increase rates by CPI plus up to 2.5 per cent for the next 10 years due to State Government plans to introduce a rates capping policy for all Victorian councils.

Thank you to all those participated in the development of the 10-Year Financial Plan, a responsible plan that protects our ratepayers, provides for our community and safeguards the city’s growth.

View the plan below or visit the Plans and Publications section for further information.

July 2, 2015


When describing Melbourne, the People’s Panel clearly articulated their aspirations for the city which included service and asset requirements. As a companion strategy to the 10-Year Financial Plan, a draft asset management strategy has been developed as part of a long-term plan to create and obtain the assets that will be needed by the City of Melbourne in coming decade. By managing our assets carefully we aim to meet future challenges and ensure long-term sustainability and liveability.

We are currently seeking feedback on the draft Asset Management Strategy 2015–25. Read the strategy and complete the survey on the draft Asset Management Strategy page.

July 2, 2015


We are busy creating a draft of our first ever 10-Year Financial Plan, after our first People’s Panel presented their recommendations to Council late last year.

We wanted to update you on our progress after you took the time to use our budget simulator and show us what services matter most to you.

In late November 2014, Council resolved that recommendations on revenue and spending priorities from the People’s Panel would be embedded into the city’s first 10-Year Financial Plan.

Analysis and financial modeling on these recommendations is now taking place with the People’s Panel report to be included as a whole into the draft 10-Year Financial Plan as a key reference document, including an explanation on if, how, and the extent to which, each recommendation can be acted upon.

A draft of the decade long financial plan, including these recommendations, will be considered by Council in April this year.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the process and further opportunities to share your views. In the meantime, enjoy our new videos which highlight the overall community engagement process and the experiences of being on the People Panel.

March 10, 2015


The City of Melbourne People’s Panel (citizen’s jury) met over four months to deliberate on the spending and revenue raising priorities for the city. The panel’s recommendations will be considered by Council when it develops its first ever 10-Year Financial Plan.

December 29, 2014


After following the process from start to end, The Age’s Michael Green has published an in-depth feature on our first People’s Panel.

The feature includes interviews with five panelists about their experience on the panel and how the group worked together to formulate its recommendations to Council.

Read the feature article on The Age online.

December 4, 2014


Recommendations on revenue and spending priorities from the City of Melbourne’s first People’s Panel will be embedded into the city’s financial strategy for the next decade.

Melbourne City Council last night unanimously agreed to undertake analysis and financial modelling on recommendations put forward by the People’s Panel.

The People’s Panel report will be embedded as a whole into the draft 10-Year Financial Plan as a key reference document, including an explanation as to if, how, and the extent to which, each recommendation could be acted upon.

A draft of the city’s first 10-Year Financial Plan, including these recommendations, will be considered by Council in April next year.

Read the media release:

Listen to audio of the Council meeting (People's Panel item starts at 02:20):

Read the report:

November 26, 2014


The People’s Panel presented its recommendations to Council at a special Future Melbourne Committee on Monday 17 November 2014.

Read the report:

Listen to audio of the Future Melbourne Committee meeting:

Eleven recommendations were put forward, covering a range of areas from rates, the environment, sustainability and climate change to managing assets, community services and capital works.

The panel was praised for the dedication and effort they had shown in deliberating on, and developing, its recommendations.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Council would give full and fair consideration to the recommendations.

Chair of Council’s Finance and Governance Committee, Councillor Stephen Mayne said the panel’s report would help to shape Council’s first 10-Year Financial Plan and influence Council decisions for years to come.

The report will be considered at a Council meeting at 5.30pm on 25 November 2014. The community are welcome to attend.

November 19, 2014


Our first People’s Panel has finalised its report after three months of deliberations. Read the report:

The panel will formally present its recommendations to Council at a special Future Melbourne Committee on Monday 17 November 2014.

The meeting will start at 5.30pm in the Swanston Hall, Ground Floor, Melbourne Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend. Written submissions or requests to be heard can be sent to com.meetings@melbourne.vic.gov.au before noon on Monday 17 November. Find out more here.

The People’s Panel undertook a deliberative process to develop recommendations on spending and revenue strategies that will help ensure Melbourne remains one of the most liveable cities in the world, while maintaining our strong financial position into the future. The panel’s recommendations outline how they think Council should prioritise its spending and raise revenue over the next decade and will help inform Council’s first 10-Year Financial Plan.

Since August, the panel of 43 residents and ratepayers has been given open access to information, expert opinion and financial data, as well as community feedback, to help inform their recommendations.

November 12, 2014


Our People’s Panel has been busy deliberating as their recommendations to Council start to take shape.

The panel met for the fifth time last Saturday, sharing and gaining feedback on their draft recommendations with the Lord Mayor and some Councillors.

They spent the rest of the day drafting and discussing the report they will present to Council at a Special Future Melbourne committee meeting at 5.30 pm on Monday 17 November.

The panel decided to reconvene one last time to finalise their recommendations on spending and revenue.

October 31, 2014


We’ve released three reports which summarise what the community told us during broader community engagement on our first-ever 10-Year Financial Plan.

How should Council prioritise its spending? What should it do more of, less of, or keep the same? What services matter most to you? These key questions were answered by a diverse group of Melburnians in August via our online budget simulator on Participate Melbourne, through face-to-face pop-ups events across the city, stakeholder workshops and small discussion groups.

Nearly 700 people joined the conversation, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, community service providers, residents, businesses, residents groups, advisory groups, tourists, visitors, seniors and special interest groups. Their feedback has been given to the People’s Panel to help inform their recommendations to Council on its revenue and spending strategy over the next decade.

See what the community said here:

October 17, 2014


The People’s Panel has reached the business end of their deliberations, as they start to think about recommendations for Council’s first 10-Year Financial Plan.

A third panel packed with expert insight and information took place on Saturday 4 October. Population growth, urban design, the environment and social policy were all on the agenda. The panel heard from a range of experts who built the panel's understanding of the key challenges and opportunities facing the city. The current work being undertaken by the City of Melbourne to address these issues was also highlighted.

How and why the City of Melbourne sets and charges its rates was also on the agenda, with the panel given an opportunity to ask questions and better understand Council’s statutory requirements and management of rates.

With all the presentations over, the panel has now started its deliberations, as it moves to form recommendations to Council on its spending and revenue strategy over the next decade.

The next panel session will be on Saturday 18 October and will be dedicated to identifying priority areas and starting to formalise recommendations to Council.

October 7, 2014


The City of Melbourne’s People Panel met for the second time on Saturday and wasted no time exploring the details that will inform its recommendations to Council on financial priorities for the next decade.

Panel members received detailed briefings on Council’s finances from our Chief Financial Officer, and met with the Lord Mayor, Councillors Stephen Mayne and Ken Ong to understand the challenges and opportunities the city will face in the future.

In addition, the panel also had an opportunity to speak with the organisation’s five directors – who are responsible for planning and infrastructure, community development, corporate and city business and city design.

The panel heard about how much we spend and how we manage some of the City of Melbourne’s key assets, from maintaining and renewing our footpaths, parks and gardens to drains and buildings.

The panel will next meet on Saturday 4 October. Panelists have requested to hear from external experts in the planning, government architecture, climate change, futures and population/growth fields to help inform their recommendations.

September 22, 2014


The broad community engagement took place across the city from Wednesday 30 July to Wednesday 3 September. Anyone could join the conversation using the budget simulator and at a number of community events across the city. Watch the video below to see how we engaged with the broader community.

August 31, 2014


From Kensington to Southbank, and a barrister to a bar manager - a diverse group of 43 Melburnians came together for the first time on Saturday to help prepare for the city’s growth.

The first ever City of Melbourne People’s Panel met to discuss the role they will play in informing Council’s inaugural 10-Year Financial Plan.

Over the next three months, the panel will work together to create a set of recommendations to Council on its spending and revenue priorities over the next decade.

In addressing the panel, Cr Stephen Mayne encouraged the panel to work together to deliver bold, fearless and creative suggestions to Council’s consideration, as they develop their long-term strategy.

City of Melbourne CEO Dr Kathy Alexander and its Chief Financial Officer also met with the panel and spoke about the City of Melbourne’s financial position and the challenges and opportunities the city is facing in the years ahead.

The panel heard about the services and infrastructure Council delivers, as well as how the city is growing and changing. Panel members had the chance to ask the CEO and other City of Melbourne staff about the way Council operates and spends and raises money.

The City of Melbourne will continue to give Panel members open access to information, expert opinion and financial data of their choosing to help inform their recommendations.

The next panel session is on Saturday 13 September and we’ll continue to keep you updated.

August 27, 2014