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Special Variations Minimum Rates

Special Variations & Minimum Rates 2020-21

Start Date
Oct 2019
End Date
May 2020
Days left for customer feedback
Deadline: 10 Feb 2020
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Local councils seeking a special variation to general income above the rate peg (which we set at 2.6% for 2020-21), or to increase minimum rate levels above the statutory limit, are required to submit applications to IPART for review and assessment. 

Councils intending to apply for a Special Variation or Minimum Rate Increase for 2020-21 should refer to the new Application Forms, Guides and Fact Sheets (below)

Application forms and Guides

Fact Sheets

The following Fact Sheets may assist councils in preparing their 2020-21 applications:


Special variations may fund improvements in a council’s financial sustainability, asset renewals or maintenance, or new or enhanced services or projects important to the community.

Special variations may be temporary or remain permanently in the rate base.


We will assess applications against the criteria set out in the Office of Local Government’s:

All special variation applications needed to demonstrate the need for the additional revenue, that the council engaged with and made the community aware of the proposed changes, and the council is making productivity improvements.

What Next

Councils intending to apply for an special variation (SV) for 2020-21 should:

  • Contact IPART as soon as possible to discuss their SV proposal.
  • Refer to the new SV Application Forms, Guides  and updated Fact Sheets (link above).
  • Notify IPART that they intend to apply for an SV by 29 November 2019.
  • Submit an application by 10 February 2020.

 Ratepayers of councils proposing an SV for 2020-21 should:

  • Expect their councils to be consulting with them and seeking their feedback on proposed rate increases.
  • Note IPART will conduct a submission process after councils submit their applications in February 2020. 
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John Madden
02 9113 7780
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