Local Government
Special Variations Minimum Rates

Special Variations & Minimum Rates 2019-20

In progress
Start Date
Oct 2018
End Date
May 2019

We have received 13 applications from local councils for a special variation to general income above the rate peg amount from 2019-20.

Of the 14 councils that notified us that they intended to apply for a special variation, only Camden Council decided not to proceed with their application.

The applications are a mix of multi-year increases (8) and single year increases (5).

Of the multi-year applications, seven are for permanent increases and one is temporary. All of the single year applications are permanent.


We will assess councils’ applications against the criteria set out in the Office of Local Government’s Guidelines for the preparation of an application for a special variation to general income (the Guidelines).

Public submissions to IPART regarding councils’ proposed special variations can be made here until 14 March 2019.

Key Contact
John Madden
02 9113 7780
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