Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  •  After Hours: 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After Hours 1300 858 824
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Dorset's Vision

"an inclusive, thriving and connected community"

Council’s Strategic Plan will assist in driving future prosperity in the Dorset region. The Strategic Plan simply and easily defines what Council will be doing over the 2023 – 2032 term and why these initiatives are important to the municipality. The Strategic Plan centres on four key pillars, including improving the liveability of the community, stimulating economic growth, improving service delivery and reducing Council’s environmental footprint.

Strategic Plan 2023 - 2032


  • Council's rates, fees and charges provide value to the community and are some of the lowest in regional Australia
  • all Council buildings are free of charge to Dorset community groups
  • all recreational facilities are free of charge to Dorset sporting groups
  • entry to Council swimming pools is free of charge

  • Planning approval fees for development of eligible new small businesses and existing larger businesses are discounted by 50%;
  • Renewal of annual food business registration fees are waived for permanent residents; and
  • New small businesses are eligible for a 50% rate remission during their first 12 months of operation.
New Business Investment Assistance Policy

Latest News

Generic Council Meeting Outcomes
20 February 2024

Briefing of Decisions | 19 February 2024 Council Meeting - Gladstone

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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Derby Drop In Change
12 February 2024

Community Drop-In Session | Derby - Structure Plans

Drop-in and speak with key officers to discuss any aspect of the exhibited Structure Plans for Derby and Scottsdale. NOTE: Change in location to the Derby Schoolhouse Museum
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Public Comment
02 February 2024

Public Exhibition | Scottsdale and Derby Structure Plans

Dorset Council has embarked on an exciting and important strategic project for Scottsdale and Derby which will see the preparation of Structure Plans for both settlements. In short, a structure is a plan of a settlement, or part of a settlement, that is proposed for growth or renewal which describes how land use, development and infrastructure will be integrated in an orderly manner.
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