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Local Councils to save rateypayer’s money with free Public Notices

In Victoria, and most of Australia, it is still a legal requirement that local, state and federal governments pay print newspapers to publish public notices.

In Victoria, and most of Australia, it is still a legal requirement that local, state and federal governments pay print newspapers to publish public notices.

With most commercial advertising revenue moving online your local and state government remains a – if not the – major source of income for many newspapers.

Whilst many regional dailies remain widely read, such as the Bendigo Advertiser, Ballarat Courier, Geelong Advertiser, Warrnambool Standard and The Border Mail among others, smaller weekly newspapers just don’t have the circulation they once did and are using ratepayer’s, your, money to stay afloat.

This means often your rates are being paid for your local council to pay to advertise public notices in little-read newspapers that no one reads anyway.

Many local governments have been calling for this outdated legislation to be changed for many years with the move to online news only increasing since the pandemic.

As such, VicNews has decided that we will publish all Victorian State and all Victorian Local Government Public Notices free of charge so local councils and Victorian Government authorities can demonstrate that Public Notices can be published online.

Some Commonwealth Public Notices, where in the interests of Victorians will also be published free of charge.

This is both a community service of VicNews to demonstrate that public notices can be published online, where more people see and read them than in print, and to ensure the public -you, our readers – that we are not using income from local government – your rate money – to prop up our media organisation.

We may review this policy if the legislation changes in the future. However, if we do ever decide to charge for the publication of Public Notices, we will charge at least 50% less than the going print newspaper rate at the time.

VicNews. “We’re really for Victoria.”

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