The Premier has requested that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) conduct a review of the revenue framework for local government. IPART has been asked to make recommendations on (1) an appropriate inter-governmental and regulatory framework for setting rates and charges; (2) a role for IPART in setting rates and charges; and (3) a framework for setting the charges levied by certain public authorities, such as Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), Redfern Waterloo Authority (RWA), Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and the Growth Centres Commission (GCC), to enable these authorities to recover costs for the provision of services that are normally provided by local government.
IPART is to provide a draft report to Government by 13 May 2009 and a final report by 13 September 2009. This Issues Paper has been prepared to help stakeholders provide meaningful input to the review. Submissions on the Issues Paper must be received by close of business on 29 August 2008.