The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into local government funding and financing. The government wants to understand the factors driving local authorities’ costs, now and into the foreseeable future. It also wants to know whether current funding and financing arrangements are efficient, sustainable and affordable. If they are not, what new arrangements would better achieve these ends?
This draft report makes 30 recommendations to deal with the evident stresses and to better align council and ratepayer interests. These aim to support high-performing local government, which is critical to community wellbeing.
This is a draft report. Submissions are being accepted until 29 August 2019, and the final report will be released on 30 November 2019.