Shaun McBride
Chief Economist 

Phone: 02 9242 4072  

As a core policy principle, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) strongly advocates that local government must have control of its revenue raising and investment decisions.

This means local government needs to receive fair funding from both the federal and state governments in order to meet infrastructure and service responsibilities.

Finance is a key focus of LGNSW policy. That’s because without sustainable revenue, member councils are limited in their ability to deliver crucial services to their communities.

Due to restricted revenue raising capacity, growing responsibilities and rising community expectations, local government finances are under increasing stress. As such, LGNSW is committed to advocating on behalf of member councils for better finance policy outcomes for the local government sector.

NSW Budget submissions
LGNSW makes an annual submission to the NSW budget outlining local government priorities.

Below is a list of recent submissions and budget overviews.

Budget 2019-20
LGNSW Submission to NSW Budget 2019-20, (May 2019) (PDF, 249KB)

Budget 2018/19
LGNSW, Submission to NSW Budget 2018-19, (June 2018) (PDF, 745KB)

Budget 2017/18
NSW Budget 2017/2018, LGNSW Overview (June 2017) (PDF, 110KB)
LGNSW, Submission to NSW Budget 2017-18, (February 2017) (PDF, 532KB)

Budget 2016/17
NSW Budget 2016/2017, LGNSW Overview (June 2016) (PDF, 90KB)
LGNSW, Submission to NSW Budget 2016-17, (February 2016) (PDF, 461KB)

Budget 2015/16
NSW Budget 2015/2016, LGNSW Overview (June 2015) (PDF, 289KB)
LGNSW, Submission to NSW Budget 2015/16, (April 2015) (PDF, 344KB)

Cost shifting
LGNSW works hard to identify and oppose any cost shifting that impacts member councils.

Cost shifting is where a higher level of government transfers the responsibility and/or cost of providing a service, concession, asset or function to a lower level of government without the corresponding funding.

LGNSW conducts a periodic cost shifting survey to ascertain the extent of cost shifting by the federal and state governments on to NSW local government.

Survey results show that cost shifting continues to place a significant burden on NSW councils.

Other resources and submissions