Insights into local government
The Productivity Commission has been asked to look into areas of local government performance by successive governments.
To date, five out of their 14 inquiries have focused on various aspects of local government regulation, planning and funding: Local government funding and financing (2019); Better urban planning (2017); Using land for housing (2015); Towards better local regulation (2013); and Housing affordability (2012).
They have now released a Local Government Insights report that brings together the learnings from these five local government-related inquiries.
It highlights the key lessons for both local and central government and lays down a challenge to both sectors about what they need to get right, how to do things differently and the benefits of making these changes.