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The 2017|2018 Operational Plan is a “Strategic Planning Document” which supports Council’s 2010-2015 Corporate Plan (amended) in delivering the Vision for the Etheridge Shire Council.

The Local Government Regulation 2012[1] requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan each financial year which needs to be consistent with the Annual Budget and state how Council will:

  1. Progress the implementation of the 5 year Corporate Plan during the period of the Annual Operation Plan; and
  2. How Council will manage its Operational Risks

The 2017|2018 Operational Plan identifies projects, initiatives and services that Council will deliver during the 2017|2018 financial year in achieving the long-term objectives of the 2010-2015 Corporate Plan (amended).  It also provides direction to Council in setting the Annual Budget.

The Operational Plan is required by legislation[2] to be reviewed quarterly by Council and is also used as a vehicle for Council and Senior Management to evaluate Corporate performance and strategic direction.

Etheridge Shire Council Strategic Planning Framework

Council's Corporate Plan 2010-2015 (amended) articulates a range of Strategic Priorities, Objectives, Strategies, Outcomes and Measures all grouped within seven (7) Key Strategic Priorities.

The Strategic Priorities from the Corporate Plan as listed below are mirrored across the structure of the Operational Plan.

  1. Community & Lifestyle
  2. Economic Development
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. Strategic Planning
  5. Infrastructure Services
  6. Commercial Services
  7. Organisational Excellence & Governance

In accordance with S.175 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, the Operational Plan is required to state how Council will progress the implementation of its 5 year Corporate Plan during the financial year.  The Corporate Plan identifies 96 specific actions / strategies which Council plans to undertake across the 5 year period to help achieve its “Vision” for the Etheridge Shire.  The 2017|2018 Operational Plan lists a range of activities tied directly back to those 96 actions / strategies which are scheduled to be undertaken within the 2017|2018 financial year.

Each activity has an associated measure / outcome which will be used to assist in providing informed quarterly and annual status reporting of the overall implementation of the Operational Plan.  The focus of the Operational Plan is centred on planning, actioning and delivering upon the relevant activities to be undertaken across the financial year that will deliver on the strategies and actions as stated within the 2010-2015 Corporate Plan (amended).

This Plan is not about tracking the myriad of day-to-day “business as usual” activities associated with running an organisation as complex as Council.  A vast majority of Operational matters are actioned and monitored on a regular basis via a range of business plans and other management and reporting mechanisms.

Managing Operational Risks

The Operational Plan must state and demonstrate how Council will manage its Operational Risks.  Council manages its Operational Risk in accordance with its Enterprise Risk Management Framework which incorporates the following:

  1. Risk Management Policy
  2. Councils Risk Appetite & Tolerance Statement
  3. Enterprise Risk Management Plan & Guidelines
  4. Corporate & Operational Risk Registers

Council's internal Audit & Risk Management Committee has been established to assist in the assessment and evaluating the Risk Control Measures that Council has established to manage any identified risks to which its operations are exposed.

Councils Enterprise Risk Management Framework details a range of measures Council has formalised which are aimed at mitigating identified risks.

A comprehensive Risk Review was completed in 2017 on the ability to deliver services outlined in the Corporate Plan.  Actions are in place to minimise these risks to ensure Council continues delivering quality service to the community through its Operational Plan.  Councils Enterprise Risk Management Framework is in line with the Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS: ISO31000:2009)

The Corporate Plan Strategies and Budget reference links create a clear line of sight between the strategies in Councils Corporate Plan, the activities associated with advancing those actions in the Annual Operation Plan and the funding of those activities as provided for in Councils Annual Budget.

The inclusion of these reference links confirms the legislative requirements that Council’s Operational Plan must be consistent with its Annual Budget.

How to read the Operational Plan

The format of the Operational Plan has been structured to meet the requirements of the Local Government Regulation 2012.  

Output / Activity Individual strategies identified in Councils Corporate Plan and the activity/project that will be done to achieve a particular objective from the Corporate Plan
Responsibility Responsibility is assigned to a manager (identified by organisational structure) to provide direct accountability for achieving targets and / or milestones
Outcomes / Milestones

To report on the outcomes that have been achieved against each Output / Activity as identified within the Operational Plan


Current Operational Plan

2017-18 Operational Plan 1st Quarter Review

2017-18 Operational Plan 2nd Quarter Review

Previous Year Operational Plan 


[1] S.174 (1) of the Local Government Regulation 2012

[2] S.174 (3) of the Local Government Regulation 2012