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. Read more about our role in administering council rate caps.
Latest council compliance report
In our 2018-19 report, we found that most councils were compliant with the average rate cap or higher cap.
Key findings from our 2018-19 compliance report
Seventy-five councils were compliant
These councils complied with the average rate cap or an approved higher cap.
Three councils were immaterially non-compliant with the average rate cap
Corangamite Shire Council, Hobsons Bay City Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council have committed to fixing the error in next year’s rates notices. On average, the impact on rates for these councils was less than $1 per household for the year.
One council was materially non-compliant with the average rate cap
Yarriambiack's error was due to late property valuations, which affected their budget preparations. On average, the impact on rates for this council was just over $5 per household for the year. The council has indicated it will rectify the mistake in the 2019–20 financial year.
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.