Serious Local Government Reform is about to commence with an inquiry into local government costs and efficiency.
The State Government has asked the South Australian Productivity Commission to investigate local government. They have asked them to examine the trends in council costs and the efficiency and the drivers behind these trends. In order to get it right, they will consult local government and other key stakeholders.
This is all good news for me as I indicated in my blog back on May 24.
The LGA is seeking feedback from member councils to inform a sector-wide submission. Therefore, they will be hosting a workshop session with the Productivity Commission.
On your behalf, I intend to attend this session. As a result, I expect to get a good understanding of the approach they will be taking.
The inquiry will examine trends in the costs of local government and the drivers of these costs. It will also develop and analyse measures of efficiency resulting from the trends they have discovered. Likewise, it will identify ways that might be used by councils to measure and improve performance.
The exercise will result in the Commission providing advice and recommendations on options for improving efficiency in local government operations.
The Commission will identify the drivers of the increase in your rates.
This may include changes to the scope of services provided by councils. It will also identify changes in the environment within which councils operate. Likewise it will reveal ratepayer preferences for greater levels of service.
A final report is expected to be ready for submitting to the Parliament by November this year. I look forward to the results of this serious approach to Serious Local Government Reform.