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 has been released to outline the current composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission and to invite submissions seeking suggestions for improvement.

Anyone, including councils, individual councillors, council staff and members of the public can make submissions in response to the discussion paper.

The discussion paper is available below and information about how to make submissions is contained in the paper.

The discussion paper has also been shared on the NSW Government ‘Have Your Say’ website.


Submissions should be made before 5:00 PM COB 16 December 2022