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Local Government

Promoting sustainable outcomes for councils and community under the Fair Go Rates system

Our local government team administers the government’s Fair Go Rates system.  Increases in council rates are limited by a cap that is set each year by the Minister for Local Government. This cap limits the maximum amount councils may increase rates in a year unless they seek approval from the commission for a higher cap.

Our work involves:

Each year, we also provide advice to the minister, who then sets the rate cap for the coming financial year.

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