Consultation Closed - Draft Community Engagement Policy


Council has prepared a new principles-based Community Engagement Policy to outline our commitment to informed, representative and supported engagement and outcomes with the Baw Baw Shire Community.

The policy aims to:

  • outline how the community can have a voice in influencing Council decisions;
  • identify Council’s intention to act on community input;
  • increase transparency of the decisions that impact the community;
  • build the community’s trust in Council’s decision-making process; and
  • contribute to better outcomes for the community.

Council is required to adopt the policy by 1 March 2021. This will allow Council to define how deliberative engagement is used to develop the Community Vision and Council Plan. Council are committed to learning from engagement activities occurring over the next twelve months and updating the Community Engagement Policy as required to best suit the Baw Baw community.

This consultation opportunity closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 December 2020.

You can view the Draft Community Engagement Policy(PDF, 10MB) and Have Your Say consultation pack(PDF, 2MB) here.


The Victorian Local Government Act 2020 (LG Act) states that a community engagement policy must give effect to five principles that ensure engagement is defined, objective, representative, supported and informed.

Council’s current Community Engagement Policy was adopted in 2014 and has a focus on building relationships and seeking diverse community opinions. Council’s draft 2021 policy builds on this focus, and includes the LG Act principles to outline how we use community engagement to inform Council decisions.

Under the LG Act, what’s known as deliberative engagement must be used to allow community the ability to influence Council’s strategic direction. Council has included deliberative engagement practices in the new policy and will apply them to the development of the following key strategic documents: 

  • Community Vision
  • Council Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Asset Plan.

Not all matters have equal importance for the community, the ‘Level of Engagement’ model in the policy shows community the five levels or roles we’ll apply to include community in the decision-making process.

The five levels refer to the community’s ability to influence a decision, the levels are; Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate, Empower.  Deliberative engagement occurs at the Involve, Collaborate and Empower levels. 

Tell us your feedback

This consultation opportunity closed on Wednesday 24 December 2020.

What happens next?

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your thoughts and ideas are valued and will ultimately form part of Council’s decision making.

Council Officers will consolidate comments and feedback and consider all submissions to assist in making further recommendations to Council. 

Contact Us

For more information about this policy, please contact Council’s Corporate Strategy team on 5624 2411 or by email at