Cost-shifting to Councils

Aerial view of North Sydney

The pressure on Councils to provide services of a high standard to our communities is now extraordinary.

As shown in LGNSW's latest cost shifting report, $1.36 billion has been passed on to Councils to fund. This is an increase of $540 million since the last report from the 2017/2018 financial year and represents lost services, lost opportunity, and lost amenity for all our residents and businesses.

On 12 February 2024, Council considered a Mayoral Minute of this matter and resolved to write to the Premier, the NSW Treasurer and the NSW Minister for Local Government seeking that they urgently seek to address cost shifting through a combination of regulatory reform, budgetary provision, and appropriate funding.

Published: 20 February 2024