The Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) is a collaborative partnership between the Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Yarra and Maribyrnong, which seeks to help foster creativity, liveability, prosperity and sustainability across the inner Melbourne region. The first Plan was adopted in 2005 and implementation was finalised in 2015.
An extensive review of IMAP 2005–15 commenced in February 2014. This review was overseen by the IMAP Implementation Committee, which comprises elected officials and executive staff from across the five IMAP councils. The IMAP Executive Officer presented a draft Plan at the City of Melbourne Councillor Forum on 1 December 2015 and Councillors were invited to provide comments on the draft during December 2015. Community feedback was then sought from 27 January to 29 February 2016.
The IMAP 2016–26 takes into account the significant changes to the social, economic, environmental and policy context that have occurred since IMAP was first created a decade ago, together with consideration of the likely challenges and opportunities facing the region in the coming decades. The Plan sets out five goals and 27 strategies all of which will help achieve a vision of making the inner Melbourne region more liveable while responding to the challenges of rapid growth.
The draft Plan has been approved by the Cities of Stonnington and Maribyrnong, and is currently under consideration at the City of Melbourne, as well as Port Phillip and Yarra. The final Plan will be published after all member Councils endorse it.
Our reporting approach
The City of Melbourne seeks to improve its understanding and management of the issues that matter most to the way we operate and the community we serve. To help us meet this ambition, we have applied the newest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Framework (version G4) in the development of the Annual Report 2015–16. Where possible, we have reported fully against the core requirements of the G4 framework; in other areas we have noted where our current reporting and data collection approaches allow us to enter a partial report only. We have not sought external assurance for the GRI components of this report.
Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international not-for-profit organisation. GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all companies and organisations. It promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organisations to become more sustainable and contribute to sustainable development.
A sustainability report conveys disclosures on an organisation’s most critical impacts – be they positive or negative – on the environment, society and the economy.
Creating a report that matters
A robust sustainability report is far more than a mere data gathering or compliance exercise. It makes abstract issues tangible and concrete, helping organisations to set goals, measure performance, and manage change.
As part of our effort to be an accessible, transparent and responsive organisation that manages its resources well, a commitment was made in 2012–13 to develop the Annual Report in accordance with GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Framework, G4. This will be the third year in a row we have incorporated the G4 framework into our Annual Report.
Identifying the issues that matter most
The requirements of the Local Government Act 1989 and Council Plan 2013–17, substantially determine the City of Melbourne’s Annual Report contents. The Council Plan in turn reflects the community’s goals identified in the development of Future Melbourne in 2008, representing some 15,000 views from across the community to guide the city’s development to 2020.
Like most local governments, we have a long history of reporting both financial and non-financial performance to stakeholders. Many of these disclosures align with the GRI Framework. We have used these ‘must report’ disclosures as the starting point in understanding the most important issues for the City of Melbourne.
Below is a description of the original process we used in 2014 to identify issues to be included in our Annual Report.
Mapped ‘must report’ indicators from Local Government Act 1989, Council Plan 2013–17 and Corporate Risk Register
Staff workshop held to sense-check ‘must report’ issues, identify new ones and categorise and prioritise all issues
Outputs aggregated into final issues list and reviewed against the GRI principle of ‘completeness’
To confirm the issues identified from this process were still relevant for the purposes of this report from the point of view of our external stakeholders, this year we also completed a stock-take of feedback we received from major community engagement activities we held over the last 12 months. See Involving the community in our decisions for detail about these activities.
Our material issues
G4 places the concept of materiality at the heart of sustainability reporting. This means encouraging reporting organisations to only provide information on the issues that are really critical to achieve the organisation’s goals for sustainability and manage its impact on environment and society.
We define material issues as the issues that matter most to our organisation. These issues reflect our organisation’s most significant economic, environmental and social impacts or substantively influence the assessments and decisions of our stakeholders. The City of Melbourne’s material issues are summarised in the table below.
See also the GRI index for information on how these issues have been addressed in this report.