Read reports that determine whether councils have complied with the relevant rate cap when they set their rates for each financial year.
Council compliance reports
The Minister for Local Government sets local council rate caps. The cap is the maximum amount a council can increase its general rates and municipal charges within a financial year.
Each year, we produce a compliance report that outlines whether councils have complied with their council rate cap when they set their rates for each financial year.
Latest council compliance report
In our 2019-20 report, we found that all councils were compliant with the average rate cap or higher cap.
Key findings from our 2019-20 compliance report
All councils were compliant
All councils complied with the average rate cap or an approved higher cap.
Last year’s non-compliant councils set lower average rate increases
The four councils who did not comply in 2018–19 had each set lower rate increases for the 2019–20 rating year, demonstrating an attempt to rectify their previous non-compliance.
The change in your council rates may not be the same as the rate cap
A council can comply with the rate cap even if individual ratepayers experience rate increases higher than the rate cap. View more information for ratepayers on this topic.