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

Final Report

The Commission was tasked to consider and report on a number of matters regarding costs and efficiency of local government, and to make recommendations to the South Australian Government and provide advice to councils.

In doing this task the Commission has taken 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.

The Commission has completed its task and thanks the many contributions from councils, the Local Government Association and other stakeholders.


The final report was delivered to the Premier on Friday, 22 November 2019 and published on the SAPC website on 5 February 2020.

Government's response to the final report

The Government’s response to the inquiry into Local Government costs and efficiency final report is available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.


Di Wheeler
T: 08 8429 5410

Inquiry Lead

Dr Matthew Butlin, Presiding Commissioner
T: 08 8226 6448

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