Local government funding and financing
The Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into local government funding and financing and to examine options and approaches for improving the system.
We released our draft report in July 2019 and are currently seeking feedback on the ideas and recommendations in this report by 29 August 2019 to inform our final report to the Government.
What has the inquiry found?
In our draft report, the Commission found that the current funding and financing framework measures up well against the principles of a good system. The current system, based on rating properties, is simple and economically efficient, compared to alternatives. The Commission recommends that the current system should therefore remain as the foundation of a fit-for-purpose future funding and financing system for local government.
However, councils need new tools to help them deal with some specific cost pressures. New funding tools are required in four areas:
- Supplying enough infrastructure to support rapid urban growth;
- Adapting to climate change;
- Coping with the growth of tourism; and
- The accumulation of responsibilities placed on local government by central government.
We also found that there is significant scope for councils to make better use of existing funding, and improve their organisational performance, productivity and decision making.
Have your say
The draft report makes 67 findings, 30 recommendations and asks eight questions. Testing the ideas and recommendations in this report is an important next step in our inquiry.
Please see below for the draft report, summary documents and commissioned research reports.