The review into the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission (the review) will examine the composition, function and processes of the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission (Boundaries Commission) established under the Local Government Act 1993 (Act) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 (Regulation), with the aim of identifying areas for improvement. The review will also include an examination of similar frameworks used in other jurisdictions for any lessons they may offer for improving the New South Wales framework.

A discussion paper has been released to outline the current composition, function and processes of the Boundaries Commission and to invite submissions identifying areas for improvement.

All stakeholders are invited to respond to this discussion paper, including community members, councils and joint organisations, individual councillors and council staff, professional and employee representative organisations, local government industry stakeholder groups and key NSW Government agencies and other related stakeholders.

 

Submissions close 5pm Wednesday 16 December 2022

 

Information on privacy and confidentiality

When you give us your feedback, OLG will be collecting some personal information about you, in particular:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • the name of your organisation (if relevant)
  • any personal information you decide to put in the additional comment fields.

All feedback received through this consultation process may be made publicly available. Please let us know  if you do not want your name and personal details published.

To ensure submissions offer maximum value in assisting this review to identify the issues it needs to consider and address and to identify possible opportunities for improvement, they should be made based on the following guidelines:

  • Submissions should be framed to offer constructive responses to the considerations identified in the dialogue boxes at conclusion of each section of this discussion paper. These are designed to prompt consideration of the key issues that need to be examined and addressed by the review.
  • Submissions should focus on making positive suggestions for improvement rather than seeking to remedy past errors or failures. However, examples that illustrate any deficiencies in the current framework may assist the review in identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • The review is not a vehicle to re-prosecute individual cases or as an appeal mechanism for past decisions. Submissions seeking to do this will not be considered.
  • There is no word limit on submissions. However, the inclusion of copious attachments and appendices to illustrate the points made in a submission is discouraged and will only detract from the attention that can be given to the submission.

While every effort will be made to preserve any confidential information provided in submissions, submissions or extracts from submissions may be incorporated into the review report and may otherwise be made publicly available at the discretion of OLG in consultation with the independent reviewer. If submissions are made public, contact details will be redacted. The name of the person making a submission may be released unless that person has requested to remain anonymous.

Any submissions received are also subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

For more information or for assistance with making a submission, please contact OLG on (02) 4428 4100 or via email at olg@olg.nsw.gov.au.