As the NSW economy continues to grow and evolve, the Government will need to maintain a stable and reliable revenue base to fund essential services and infrastructure. The NSW Government has therefore commissioned an independent review of the State’s revenue system as it relates to federal funding and its interactions with the state tax system. The Government wants the people of New South Wales to join in the conversation on how the revenue system can work better for all, including better integration between state and federal taxes. 

On 12 August, the NSW Treasurer announced the eminent Panel to lead this independent Review, bringing together deep and complementary expertise across inter-governmental relations, public policy, federalism, economics and constitutional law. The Review Panel has been tasked to deliver a roadmap to more sustainable funding arrangements and greater financial autonomy for the State.

The Review Panel will be publishing a Discussion Paper ahead of broad consultations in 2019. A Final Report with recommendations will be delivered in the first half of 2020.

You can find the Review’s Terms of Reference here.
 

Mr David Thodey AO (Chair)

Prominent Australian businessman with extensive Chairmanship experience including as the current Chair of the CSIRO. Mr Thodey is a former CEO of Telstra and also currently heads the panel leading the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service.

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The Rt Hon Sir Bill English KNZM

The Rt Hon Sir Bill English KNZM

Former New Zealand Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance. Sir Bill retired from the NZ parliament in 2018 after a career spanning 28 years.

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The Hon John Anderson AO

The Hon John Anderson AO

Former Federal Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Minister for Transport and Regional Development, and Federal Minister for Primary Industries and Energy. Mr Anderson remains a strong advocate for rural communities.

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Professor Anne Twomey

Professor Anne Twomey

Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at the University of Sydney. Professor Twomey is an expert in the field of constitutional law with research interests in federalism.

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Professor John Freebairn AO

Professor John Freebairn AO

Holder of the Ritchie Chair of Economics at the University of Melbourne.  Professor Freebairn is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with interests in taxation reform and public finance.

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Ms Jane Halton AO PSM

Ms Jane Halton AO PSM

Experienced Commonwealth public servant with nearly 15 years as Secretary, including for the Department of Health and the Department of Finance. Ms Halton has served on a wide range of Government and business boards both in Australia and overseas.

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Last updated: 21/10/2019