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.

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

Application Forms


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.

Guidelines for preparation of an application to increase minimum rates above the statutory limit in 2020-21

See past minimum rate increase applications and determinations


Below is the timeline for minimum rate increase applications for the 2020-21 financial year.

Outcome Date
Office of Local Government Guidelines released  October 2019

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

29 November 2019
Applications for minimum rate increases due 10 March 2019
Determinations released by May 2020


Any enquiries regarding minimum rate applications should be directed to: 

Sheridan Rapmund by email to or by phone on (02) 9290 8430. 


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