IPART is reviewing the amount the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) can charge councils for administering local government elections in 2020.
We have released a Draft Report, Media Release and Fact Sheet on 25 June 2019.
Our recommended methodology for allocating the costs incurred by the NSWEC requires that:
- Councils pay for the efficient costs of contestable election services.
- The direct costs of contestable services are allocated to individual client-councils.
- Indirect costs of contestable services are allocated to all client-councils, mostly on a per-elector basis.
- The NSW Government pays for non-contestable election services as no mechanism exists to charge for these services, with the exception of ‘enrolment’ activities (ie, the provision of a paper or electronic copy of the residential roll to the General Manager of each local government area), which should continue to be paid for by both client and non-client councils.