Imagine your local council didn’t exist. In its place, a small group of people performed only the bare functions of government. Generic tasks were outsourced. Rate collection and capital works were outsourced too. Part-time contractors were employed by the council for specialist work. If service delivery was not satisfactory, the council could switch suppliers quickly. In Virtual local government, Percy examines the efficiency and effectiveness of Australian councils and their speed, scope and specificity in delivering services. Percy was Secretary of the NSW Treasury and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corporation between 1985 and 1994. In 1996, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to public sector reform. Percy has chaired an Independent Inquiry into the financial sustainability of NSW Local Government and has been a financial adviser to national and state governments in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Kazakhstan and the Pacific Islands as well as worked for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and IMF. He has helped overhaul their financial management arrangements.