NSW to open IPART recommendations for public consultation
The New South Wales Government has announced it will consult with the local government sector on three key reports handed down by the state’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal over the last five years.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott said it was a relief that the Government had finally released the reports and agreed to further discussions with the sector on how all levels of Government can best meet growing community needs.
“It’s gratifying that IPART confirms what we’ve been saying for a long, long time: if we’re going to meet the needs of our growing communities, there needs to be more flexibility for councils and less cost shifting from the State Government.
“We are also strongly supportive of IPART’s finding that the State Government should work as a partner with our sector in considering the impact and cost of their regulatory requirements, and should remove restrictions on fees for statutory approvals and inspections to allow for the recovery of efficient costs.
The three final reports are:
a review of the local government rating system,
a review of reporting and compliance burdens on local government*, and
a review of local government compliance and enforcement*.
More information on the reports can be found here