The range of data available on the Transparency and Integrity Hub is broad and deep. Stories have been developed to provide context to the data and to assist the community to discover more about how Council works and to engage with council data based on areas of interest.
Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate. However, data is subject to change and may contain inconsistencies or errors. Some data, which may identify individuals or companies, has been masked for legal and/or privacy reasons.
Ipswich City Council handed down its budget on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. The budget was developed in alignment with Council’s Corporate Plan 2017-2022 and the following strategic priorities of the newly elected Council:
The Procurement Branch at Ipswich City Council is responsible for the planning, strategy, sourcing, and management of Council’s contracts.
This retrospective look will show all contractual arrangements executed by Council with an identified value over $200,000 (Excluding GST) at the time of contract execution. Ipswich City Council’s contracts are diverse in nature and span several procurement categories.
To better achieve greater transparency in procurement and contribute to rebuilding of trust with the Ipswich community, Ipswich City Council Procurement Policy was amended at the end of July 2020 to including the following ongoing requirements:
Council will publish basic contract details for all awarded contracts and procurements over $10,000 (excluding GST).
Data views on the information have been prepared and published to show the nature and amounts of expenses incurred.
Accordingly, Council has published to the new Transparency and Integrity Hub information on Councillor expenses, in line with its legislative obligations, as a data ‘story’.
Annual reports for the previous five years can be found on the Ipswich City Council website.
Ipswich City Council collects rates and other charges (for example, dog registration fees) to provide a wide range of services to the community. These services are provided in line with council’s five-year priorities which are set out in the Corporate Plan 2017-2022.
Ipswich remains one of the fastest growing local government areas in Australia. This places ongoing pressure on the delivery of community services. During the past five financial years, council has maintained a financial management strategy which has it well placed to manage a growing city.
Ipswich City Council has operated a number of beneficial enterprises. The beneficial enterprises (also known as controlled entities) were formed under the Local Government Act 2009.
A beneficial enterprise is an enterprise that a Local Government considers benefits and/or can reasonably be expected to benefit the whole or part of its local government area. Council has resolved to wind-up and deregister a number of its controlled entities.
The Ipswich Smart City Program was a series of projects developed to address a range of Ipswich challenges and opportunities.
A Smart City Blueprint and Implementation Plan was delivered in 2016.
The development of the plan included a peer city and technology review tour by a number of council representatives.
Between 2015 and 2020, Ipswich City Council invested just over $4.6 million in the Ipswich Smart City Program.