Local Government
Special Variations Minimum Rates

Special Variations & Minimum Rates 2019-20

In progress
Start Date
Oct 2018
End Date
May 2019

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. 

Councils should contact IPART to discuss their application as early as possible in the process.

There are 2 special variation options under the Local Government Act:

  • a single year increase under section 508(2), or
  • a multi-year increase (of between 2 and 7 years) under section 508A. 

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.

See Apply for a special variation or minimum rate increase to download Application forms, Guidelines and Fact Sheets for preparing 2019-20 applications.

Key Contact
Scott Chapman
02 9290 8449
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