Local Government
Domestic Waste Management Service Charges

Review of domestic waste management service charges

In progress
Start Date
Nov 2019
End Date
Dec 2020

We are currently reviewing NSW local council domestic waste management (DWM) service charges. 

In September 2010 the NSW Minister for Local Government delegated to IPART the function of specifying the percentage by which annual council charges for DWM services may be varied in a specific year and imposing conditions with respect to the variation of DWM service charges.  We may also specify the percentage by which DWM service charges may be varied in a given year or over a multi-year period.


We have up until now opted not to limit the percentage by which DWM service charges may be varied.  We are undertaking a review to inform our future decisions on whether or not to set a limit on the percentage by which DWM service charges may be varied by councils.


We will review current DWM service charges and how they are set by councils, and consider:

  • Relevant pricing principles to guide councils on setting DWM service charges
  • Potential regulatory options for the future.

We plan to publish a Discussion Paper in August 2020 seeking feedback from stakeholders (including councils, ratepayers and contractors).

Key Contact
Sheridan Rapmund
02 9290 8430
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