Local Government Boundaries Commission Review

The NSW Government will undertake an independent statutory review into legislative provisions in the Local Government Act that govern the functions of the Local Government Boundaries Commission.

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 have created a new role for the Commission in relation to proposals for de-amalgamation.

The review will examine the composition, function and processes of the Commission as established under the Local Government Act 1993. Specific attention will be given to:

  • Chapter 9 Part 3 (Part 3 Local Government Boundaries Commission) and Schedule 2 (Membership and procedure of the Boundaries Commission)
  • The mechanisms by which information and community and stakeholder views can be best provided to the Minister to guide and enhance the decision-making process.
  • Any improved, effective mechanisms for providing advice on and recommendations relating to proposals to the Minister, to ensure best practice and optimum outcomes.

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Further details about the Review and how to make a submission will be made available shortly.


Impounding Act Review

The NSW Government is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Impounding Act 1993 (the Act). The Act aims to help protect people’s safety in, and enjoyment of, public spaces. It enables councils and other public land managers to deal with the negative impacts of abandoned items and stray animals.


The review process is outlined below.


Phase 1 – Consultation on issues

A Discussion Paper about the review of the Act was released for public comment during 2020 to seek feedback on whether the Impounding Act remains effective for managing animals and other items left in public spaces. This captured feedback on, and potential solutions to address, the impact of items such as shopping trolleys, boat trailers, share bikes, abandoned cars, e-scooters and stray stock. Feedback on the Discussion Paper closed at the end of March 2020.

The Discussion Paper Submissions Summary Report (July 2020) has been released here.



Boat trailerPhase 2 – Consultation on options

Public feedback on the Discussion Paper was considered when developing preferred options to change the Act. The Government asked for an open discussion amongst key stakeholders to test these preferred options around three key issues: shopping trolleys, stock animals and vehicles, including boat trailers.

Details about the three workshops, and the options papers released on the day of the workshops, and the feedback deadline on each are below:

Issue Workshop Date Options Paper Feedback deadline
Shopping Trolleys 15 June 2021 Developing a regulatory framework for shopping trolleys in NSW – Options Paper – PDF 25 June 2021
Stock Animals 22 June 2021 Developing a regulatory framework for animals in NSW – Options Paper – PDF 2 July 2021
Vehicles, including trailers 29 June 2021 Developing a regulatory framework for abandoned and unattended vehicles and trailers in NSW – Options Paper – PDF 9 July 2021


How to have your say on options for change

Feedback to these Options Papers will inform the next stages of the review process and may be made by mail or email by the closing date listed in the above table to:

Email: olg@olg.nsw.gov.au

Mail to: Locked Bag 3015 Nowra NSW 2541

For further information, contact the Policy Team at the Office of Local Government on Tel: 02 4428 4172 or email to olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.


Local Government Act Review

The NSW Government has been leading local government reform to:

  1. Improve council performance, integrity, transparency and accountability
  2. Streamline legislative, planning and regulatory frameworks and requirements, and
  3. Build strategic capacity of local councils so they are better placed to serve their local communities.

The reform program continues today, with a renewed focus on responsible and transparent governance, and quality, affordable services for communities.

Over the past few years there have been important amendments to the Local Government Act to improve business planning and governance, and strengthen the accountability of local leaders.

Further amendments to the Act were made in June 2019 through the Local Government Amendment Act 2019. Amendments made include:

  • ensuring councils are given the time they need to have important conversations with their communities about changes to the rating system and to make important decisions about arrangements for council elections in 2020
  • removing some of the current limits on local government procurement and make other amendments to cut red tape and reduce the regulatory burden on councils and local communities, and
  • allowing more opportunities for councils to share regulatory services and staff across existing boundaries to achieve higher quality services and best value for money.

The Government is examining work undertaken by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in reviewing local government regulation, reporting and rating. Three separate IPART reports on these issues were released for public consultation in June 2019. Submissions have now closed. The Government is currently considering feedback and will respond in due course.

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