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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 has carried out widespread consultation with residents, council staff, councillors, peak bodies and other key stakeholders which will be used by the Government to finalise 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.

IPART Review final report

Contact email address

(for queries)

Review of the local government rating system

Review of reporting and compliance burdens on local government

Review of local government compliance and enforcement


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 Government’s response may be sent to the above email address for each report.


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