Corporate planning, performance and budget

How Council works

Council operates within the NSW Government's legislated integrated planning and reporting (IP&R) framework.

The framework ensures that the community's vision, priorities and aspirations for Kempsey's future are captured in a 20-year strategy document called the Community Strategic Plan(PDF, 4MB). This guides Council's strategic and operational planning, resourcing and service delivery. It also ensures ongoing monitoring, evaluation and community engagement.

Simply put, IP&R asks councils and their communities to consider and respond to the following:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

How our work fits together

The IP&R framework recognises that Council plans, policies and actions should not exist in isolation.

It provides an integrated process for Council to draw all the plans together, to understand how they interact and get the maximum leverage from the efforts. It enables Council to plan and budget holistically to achieve multiple community benefits.

The Community Strategic Plan(PDF, 4MB)  provides an overarching document which informs other long-term plans, including:

These then form the basis for Council’s four-year Delivery Plan & Operational Plan and Budget.

These plans and programs are delivered through the Resourcing Strategy, and articulated in the following:

2042 community strategic plan inforgraphic


Image: 2042 Community Strategic Plan infographic


Council reports on progress against the plans in its Annual reports and publications.