Council rate increases capped to inflation
11 August 2015
Victorian council rate rises will be capped to the rate of inflation, 2.5 per cent, for 2016-17, under the Victorian Government's new Fair Go Rates cap.
The Fair Go Rates system has been introduced to protect ratepayers from uncontrolled rate rises, which have on average risen six per cent every year for the past decade.
Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has set the cap based on Melbourne Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the next financial year, as forecast by the Victorian Treasury.
Any council wishing to apply for a higher cap has until 31 March 2016 to apply to the Essential Services Commission and will be expected to demonstrate extensive consultation with their local communities.
Fair Go Rates is just one part of the Victorian Government's local government reform agenda, which also includes a review of the Local Government Act, an overhaul of council governance standards and KnowYourCouncil.vic.gov.au.
Read more at the Fair Go Rates page.