Workforce reform in three amalgamated councils

The Inner West Council and the Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Councils have all made progress towards efficient organisational structures following the amalgamation of their former council areas in 2016, according to a report released today by the Auditor-General of New South Wales.

All three councils are now operating with a single workforce and have largely achieved the milestones they planned for the first stage of their amalgamations. None have finished reviewing and aligning services across their former council areas nor integrated their ICT systems. They need to do this to be in a position to implement an optimal structure. 

“The next challenge will be to work out future service levels across the new council areas and make any accordant workforce adjustments” Ms Crawford said.

The report also notes that amalgamations represent a substantial period of change for affected communities and amalgamated councils should be routinely reporting to their communities about the costs and benefits of amalgamation.

Further information

Barry Underwood, Director, Office of the Auditor-General, on 0403 073 664 and email