The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has warned its ability to conduct elections is being threatened by a “perfect storm” of reduced funding. To date, the commission’s main source of funding has been the state’s 29 councils through local government elections. Changes to the election cycle from three years to four has meant the money is coming in less frequently.
That has been compounded by cuts to State Government funding, which was down by almost $35,000 last year.
The concerns were raised in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry looking into the TEC’s administration and resourcing.