Local Government
Costs of Local Government elections

Review of costs of conducting local government elections

Start Date
Feb 2019
End Date
Aug 2019
Day left for submissions
Deadline: 19 Jul 2019
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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.

The NSW Government has asked IPART to recommend a costing methodology to be applied in determining the amount the NSWEC charges councils for local government election services.

This is the first time IPART has reviewed the cost of local government elections.


We would like to hear from:

  • Local councils
  • NSW Government agencies (eg, the NSWEC, Treasury)
  • Private providers of election services
  • Any other interested stakeholders.

We have considered the NSWEC’s proposal and stakeholders’ submissions on our Issues Paper in making our draft recommendations. We also sought advice from Ernst &Young (EY) on the efficient costs of administering local government elections

We are now seeking stakeholder feedback on our draft recommendations. We will consider all stakeholder views prior to presenting our final recommendations to the Minister for Local Government by Friday 30 August 2019.

What next

We invite all interested parties to make a submission on our Draft Report by COB, 19 July 2019. Submissions can be made via our online submission form here.

Key Contact
Sarah Blackwell
(02) 9113 7763
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