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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 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

Each IPART Review final report may be downloaded from Related Downloads on this webpage, together with a short Consultation Guide for each report.

Consultation feedback is now open. Where possible, it is preferred that feedback is provided via the online feedback form for each report available under Related Downloads.

To provide feedback, please complete the form online by the relevant closing date. This information is set out in the table below.

Thank you to those who took the time to provide feedback on the Review of the Local Government Rating System. Consultation on this report is now closed. Feedback will be used to inform the development of the Government’s response.


IPART Review final report

Feedback Form

(for feedback)



Contact email address

(for queries)

Review of the local government rating system


Consultation is now closed

Review of reporting and compliance burdens on local government

Feedback Form (LG Reg Burdens)

25 Oct 2019

Review of local government compliance and enforcement

Feedback Form (LG Enforcement)

15 Nov 2019


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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