Steps in process:

  1. Notice of Inquiry13 May 2019
  2. Methodology Paper31 May 2019
  3. Consultation on Methodology PaperJuly 2019
  4. Draft Report30 Aug 2019
  5. Submissions on Draft ReportOctober 2019
  6. Final Report22 November 2019 - current step

Draft Report

The Commission was tasked to consider and report on a number of matters regarding costs and efficiency of local government.

The Commission aims to identify the systemic cost issues, but also understand the unique features of councils and their rate payers, which affect their cost and efficiency levels. The Commission is also taking into consideration recent reforms in South Australia and other jurisdictions to policy, governance and management practices in the local government sector and their potential to afford cost savings and improve council efficiency.

Next Steps

The draft report released on 30 August 2019 provides a basis for further engagement with stakeholders and interested parties on the Commission’s work, including its analyses, information requests, draft recommendations to the South Australian Government and draft advice to Councils.

The Commission thanks the many contributions from stakeholders including councils and the Local Government Association and invites interested people and organisations to make a written submission on the draft report.


Di Wheeler
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Dr Matthew Butlin, Presiding Commissioner
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