Local Government
Costs of Local Government elections

Review of costs of conducting local government elections

In progress
Start Date
Feb 2019
End Date
Aug 2019

The Premier has asked IPART to provide a report to the Minister for Local Government recommending a costing methodology to be applied in determining the amount the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) charges councils which use the NSWEC to administer their ordinary elections.

IPART is to submit its final report to the Minister for Local Government by Friday 30 August 2019.


The purpose of IPART's review is to ensure a robust methodology for determining costs is applied, in order to minimise the financial burden on councils and ratepayers and ensure local government elections are conducted efficiently and cost effectively.

In undertaking the review, IPART is to:
  • review the NSWEC's existing methodology for determining the amount to be charged to councils which use the NSWEC to conduct their elections
  • consider whether it is appropriate for the amount charged to be limited to the direct and unavoidable costs of conducting the council's election
  • have regard to the market for electoral services in which the NSWEC operates
  • have regard to any differences in the costs involved in conducting elections in metropolitan and regional areas
  • have regard to any other matters it considers relevant.
What next

IPART has released an Issues Paper to outline the review process and the key issues that need to be considered. We invite interested parties to make a submission on our Issues Paper by COB, 10 May 2019

Key Contact
Sarah Blackwell
(02) 9113 7763
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