Review of Local Government Boundaries Commission

The Minister for Local Government has initiated an independent review of the Local Government Boundaries Commission (Boundaries Commission).

Dr Juliet Lucy has been appointed to carry out the review. Dr Juliet Lucy has legal experience with a strong focus on administrative and public law. Dr Lucy will author the final report canvassing options for improvement and making recommendations accordingly.

The review is examining the composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission as established under the Local Government Act 1993. Specific attention is 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.


Terms of Reference

The review’s terms of reference are available below.


Discussion Paper

A discussion paper was released in November 2022. The discussion paper outlines the current composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission and asked targeted questions to help inform the review. Submissions closed 16 December 2022.

A copy of the discussion paper, which was shared with all councils, key stakeholders and on the NSW Government ‘Have Your Say’ website, is available below


Next steps

The review is also considering mechanisms similar to the Boundaries Commission in other jurisdictions for any lessons they may offer for improving the New South Wales framework.

Dr Lucy has consulted key stakeholders and is currently considering discussion paper feedback and drafting the report .