Local Government NSW Finance Summit 2016

2016 Finance Summit

How does local government achieve and maintain financial stability while improving services and responding to challenges? This summit moved discussion beyond efficiency savings and focused on revenue opportunities and the best way forward (17-18 August).

Financial reform is the sector’s next big challenge.

Local and international experts debated on new ways of generating revenue and optimal fiscal arrangements for councils.

The two-day summit was headlined by international municipal finance expert Dr Enid Slack, who has completed a paper reviewing and reporting on both the Australian and international experience.

LGNSW ran two corollary events with Dr Slack, which took a more detailed focus on specific issues. They are:

  • Measuring Fiscal Health – A Masterclass (Tuesday 16 August)
  • International Perspectives on Amalgamation –  Focus on Finance and Governance (Friday 19 August)

Other speakers included the Urban Taskforce Australia, the Sydney Business Chamber, the Property Council of Australia, NSW Farmers, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal and representatives from the community services and local government sectors.

Finance Summit 2016 Program (PDF, 355KB).

Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper for the Local Government NSW Finance Summit 2016 by Dr Enid Slack (Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada) with Foreword by Local Government NSW is available for download: Improving Local Government Revenue in NSW: What are the Options? (PDF, 814KB)


Presentations are available for download