Independent Review Panel
NSW Coat of Arms


Strengthening Local Communities




Revitalising Local Government – Final Report of the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel
The Independent Local Government Review Panel was tasked with formulating options for a stronger and more effective system of local government. The two key words are options and system. The Panel has made a decisive move away from ‘one size fits all’, and has sought to give communities and regions more options for the way local government is arranged and how it operates.

At the same time, the Panel has highlighted the need for a systems approach. The challenges facing local government can only be addressed successfully through a package of measures: the jigsaw has to be assembled correctly to create a clear picture of the way forward.

Thus the Panel’s objective is to create a revitalised system of local government that will remain sustainable and fit-for-purpose well into the middle of the 21st Century.

Any inquiries related to the review or next steps please email the Division of Local Government at dlg@dlg.nsw.gov.au

Final Report

Revitalising Local Government

Consultation Report - Supporting Information - Volume 1

Research Report - Supporting Information - Volume 2 Part I

Research Report - Supporting Information - Volume 2 Part II

Strengthening Far West Communities –A Pathway for Change - Supporting Information - Volume 3

Vol 1 Size - (10.58 MB) Vol 2 - A Size - (5.93 MB) Vol 2 - B Size - (13.56 MB) Vol 3 Size - (1.55 MB)







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Inquiries regarding the Local Government Review, contact the Division of Local Government at dlg@dlg.nsw.gov.au