Our team of volunteers works hard to obtain information to form investigative reports.
Using Freedom of Information requests, General Requests, Public information, Scraping Council Websites, and using AI, we have begun a sector-wide expose on many topics. You will see our results here as each report is finalised.
LOCAL COUNCIL DATABASES
Here you can access copies of public documents by Council
This is a location we can save things like:
Public Interest Disclosures for Staff & Councillors
Community Satisfaction Results
THE DATABASE IS HERE
Following the Ombudsman's Report into how Councils deal with Hardship in 2021, we have conducted an extensive FOI campaign to determine what Councils have done since.
You Can read the report HERE
WHAT DID WE FIND?
50 Councils only responded to our FOI (we are still challenging the remaining)
There were 3104 hardship applications - almost all were dismissed.
The TOTAL rates refunded was 0.01% or $363k from $3.6 Billion in rates bills
Some Councils have arrears of over 15% of their rates bills - these include Hume, Boroondara, Knox, Moonee Valley, Cardinia, Nillumbik, Macedon Ranges, Golden Plans Shire, Mansfield Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, Towong, and Yarriamback.
Councils continue to deny assistance to the most vulnerable members of our society.
SPORTS PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Sports facilities cost councils hundreds of millions of public monies each year to build. We are investigating the "business cases" for large projects across the last decade by Council. We will show if the business case was EXCELLENT, AVERAGE OR POOR.
Report due Oct 2023.