Local Government
Special Variations Minimum Rates

Special Variations & Minimum Rates 2021-22

Start Date
Oct 2020
End Date
May 2021
Days left for submissions
Deadline: 1 Mar 2021
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Local councils seeking a special variation to general income above the rate peg (which we set at 2% for 2021-22), or to increase minimum rate levels above the statutory limit, are required to submit applications to IPART for review and assessment. 

Guidelines, Application Forms, Guides, Fact Sheets and Information Papers are available on our website.

Special Variations

Minimum Rates


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 2020 Guidelines.

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.

Key Contact
Sheridan Rapmund
02 9290 8430
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