Local councils seeking a special variation to general income above the rate peg amount, or to increase minimum rate levels above the statutory limit, are required to submit applications to IPART for review and assessment.
There are 2 special variation options under the Local Government Act:
Special variation and minimum rate increase applications should be submitted through IPART's Local Government Council Portal. This User Guide gives detailed instructions on how to use Council Portal.
The 2020-21 application forms will be available soon.
The following Fact Sheets may assist councils in preparing their 2020-21 applications:
See past special variation and minimum rate increase applications and determinations.
While IPART has been delegated responsibility for assessing and determining special variations, the Government has retained responsibility for setting the policy framework under which applications will be assessed.
Councils applying for a special variation or minimum rate increase must comply with the requirements set out each year in the Office of Local Government's (OLG) Guidelines.
The Guidelines for 2020-21 financial year are now available on the OLG website (link below)
Councils intending to apply for a special rate variation or minimum rate increase should notify IPART of their intention to apply by 29 November 2019 via our Council Portal.
Notification Letters to IPART should include the following information:
We have produced three information videos to help councils understand how to apply for a special variation, and our assessment process: