Minimum Rate Increases

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Local councils that are seeking to increase minimum rate levels above the statutory limit need to submit minimum rate applications to IPART for review and assessment.
Councils should contact IPART to discuss their application as early as possible in the process.

Minimum Rate Increase application should be submitted through IPART's Local Government Council Portal. This User Guide gives detailed instructions on how to use Council Portal.

Applications for increases in Minimum Rates

While IPART has been delegated responsibility for assessing and determining minimum rate applications, the Government has retained responsibility for setting the policy framework under which applications will be assessed. The Office of Local Government issues Guidelines to assist councils in preparing their applications.

Councils applying to increase minimum rates above the statutory limit must comply with the requirements set out in the Guidelines.

The Office of Local Government has issued the Guidelines for Minimum Rate:

Guidelines for the preparation of an application to increase minimum rates above the statutory limit in 2018-19   

Minimum Rate applications may be viewed on our website.  

The following Fact Sheet may assist councils in preparing their 2018-19 applications:

Application Forms

We will shortly publish Application Forms for 2018-19 Minimum rate increase applications,

The 2017-18 Application Forms may assist councils in considering their 2018-19 applications:

Part A - Minimum_Rates_Application_Form_2017-18.xls

Part B - Minimum Rates Application Form 2017-18.doc


Below is the timeline for minimum rate increase applications for the 2018-19 financial year.

Outcome Date
Office of Local Government Guidelines released 9 November 2017

Notification of council's intention to apply for an increase to
Minimum Rates due

15 December 2017
Applications for minimum rate increases due 12 March 2018
Determinations released by 15 May 2018


Any enquiries regarding minimum rate applications should be directed to: 

Anthony Rush at or by telephone on (02) 9113 7790 

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