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About RCV

Rural Councils Victoria is an organisation representing Victoria’s rural councils, supporting and promoting sustainable, liveable, prosperous rural communities.

A rural Council is loosely defined as any Council with less than 15,000 residents. In Victoria, there are 38 councils classified as ‘rural’.

Victoria’s rural councils are responsible for 79 per cent of Victoria’s land area, and have a combined population of approximately 704,000 people (June 2011).

  • The Regional Growth Fund Act 2011 defines five ‘regions’ and the 48 Municipal Councils in regional Victoria;
  • The Regional Victoria Settlement Framework (Amendment VC66 changes Clause 12 of the State Planning Policy Framework) describes a settlement hierarchy within Regional Victoria, and;
  • The Regional Cities portfolio is described as the 10 largest cities in Regional Victoria, as defined by the Regional Cities Victoria group.

RCV was established in 2005 to coordinate the network of 38 rural councils across Victoria.

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