Municipal monitors

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On 13 February 2024, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Melissa Horne MP, announced that two Municipal Monitors had been appointed to Brimbank City Council under section 179 of the Local Government Act 2020.

The monitors will work with Brimbank Council to help council better understand its role, improve its performance, and serve the best interests of the community.

The monitors have been appointed for a period of 10 months until 31 December 2024.

Who are the monitors?

Ms Janet Dore

Janet Dore brings wide experience and expertise to the role, having previously served as municipal monitor for Strathbogie, Wodonga and Ararat councils.

Ms Penelope Holloway

Penelope Holloway will draw on her previous experience as Acting CEO for the Office of Local Government NSW and her current role as Board Director for the Victorian Planning Authority.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference of the appointment of the municipal monitors to Brimbank can be viewed on the Local Government Victoria website, and are included below:

Terms of reference for the appointment of the municipal monitors to Brimbank City Council appointed under Section 179 of the Local Government Act 2020

Without limiting the Municipal Monitors’ functions and powers under sections 180 and 181, respectively, of the Act, the Municipal Monitors are:

  1. To monitor the Brimbank City Council’s (Council) governance functioning, with specific regard to the following matters – 
    • councillor understanding and performance of their statutory roles and responsibilities, including in relation to confidentiality requirements;
    • the relationships between councillors and between councillors and Council staff, including councillor behaviour with respect to the Councillor Code of Conduct and processes for resolving disputes between councillors;
    • the Council’s meeting procedures and decision-making processes, including Council briefings and meetings, the adequacy of the Council’s Governance Rules, councillor adherence to the Governance Rules, and councillor attendance and participation at meetings, including meetings of the Audit and Risk Committee;
    • the Council’s processes and practices in relation to health and safety including any matters that may be creating a serious risk to the health and safety of councillors, Council staff or other persons;
    • the adequacy of Council’s community engagement policies, processes and practices; and 
    • any other matters that may be affecting the Council’s ability to effectively perform, including behaviour that may be preventing the Council from performing its functions. 
  2. To identify the underlying causes of any issues affecting the ability of the Council and / or individual councillors to properly perform their statutory roles, with specific regard to the matters raised in clause 1.
  3. To report to the Minister for Local Government, with respect to the matters in clause 1, on:
    • any steps or actions taken by the Council to improve its governance and the effectiveness of those steps or actions; 
    • any recommendations for the Council to ensure the proper performance of its statutory role, including in relation to the conduct of councillors; and
    • any recommendations in relation to the exercise of any Ministerial power under the Act.
  4. To assist the Council to develop an Action Plan and progress updates for any necessary governance improvements, with specific regard to the matters raised in clauses 1 - 3. 

Contacting the monitors

If members of the community wish to bring anything, which falls within these terms of reference, to the Monitors’ attention, they can be emailed at or posted/dropped to Council marked CONFIDENTIAL.

Monitors will read all correspondence but will not necessarily seek further information unless clarification is needed.

More information

Visit Local Government Victoria website.

Last updated: 22 February 2024 - 5:23pm