IPART Local Government Reports Consultation 2019

To support the NSW Government’s long-term commitment to a fair and equitable rating system for ratepayers, as well as ensuring local councils have a stable and reliable revenue base so they can continue to independently plan and deliver improved services for their communities into the future, the Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to undertake several independent reviews.

The purpose of these reviews was to identify ways to strengthen councils by improving their ability to serve the needs of their communities into the future.

These reviews focus on areas of government regulation that required detailed consideration, consultation and review. The final reports for these are:

  1. a review of the local government rating system,
  2. a review of reporting and compliance burdens on local government*, and
  3. a review of local government compliance and enforcement*.

* Note: The second review focuses on reducing burdens placed on local government by the State. The third review focuses on reducing costs imposed by local government on business and the community.

IPART’s three reports are nearly 1,000 pages long and contain 135 detailed recommendations, covering some of the most significant issues facing local councils and their communities.

The Government has been carefully considering each and every recommendation and has ruled out some recommendations because they would impact on vulnerable members of the community, affect regional jobs and economies, and substantially increase costs for taxpayers and the broader community.

In addition, a number of recommendations have already been implemented though other reform programs. See the Government’s Interim Response for further detail.

The Government is seeking to carry out widespread consultation with residents, council staff, councillors, peak bodies and other key stakeholders as the Government finalises its response to these complex reports.

 

How to have your say

Consultation is now closed.

Thank you to those who took the time to provide feedback on IPART’s Reports.

Feedback will be used to inform the development of the Government’s response.

 

Summary of submissions – IPART rating review

The Government has released a summary analysis of the 110 submissions received in relation to IPART’s Review of the Local Government Rating System.

Some of the key messages to emerge from this consultation include:

  • There is no clear consensus on the benefits of moving to a Capital Improved Value (CIV) method of calculating rates
  • Addressing infrastructure costs associated with new development is a key concern particularly for metropolitan councils but there is a level of nervousness about IPART’s recommendation to introduce a special levy for joint infrastructure projects, and
  • Councils are largely supportive of increased rating categories as a way to increase the equitable distribution of the rating burden but business, agricultural and mining stakeholders are unsupportive.

This feedback will be taken into consideration as the Government develops its final response to the rating review as part of its commitment to improve the equity and efficiency of the rating system.

Where to go for more information

IPART undertook these reviews. Further information about those review processes is available on IPART’s local government webpage:

Any questions about the current consultation process may be sent to the above email address for each report.

 

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