We assess, then accept or reject higher rate caps proposed by councils.
Higher cap applications
We assess, then accept or reject higher rate caps proposed by councils. Read more about our role in council rate capping.
Recent higher cap applications
Higher cap applications 2020
This year, no councils applied for a variation to the 2020-21 financial year rate cap.
Three councils have previously approved higher rate caps that continue into 2020-21:
- Warrnambool City Council had a 4.5 per cent rate cap for 2020-21 approved in 2019
- Towong Shire Council had a 5.55 per cent rate cap for 2020-21 approved in 2017
- West Wimmera Shire Council had a 3.5 per cent rate cap for 2020-21 approved in 2017.
Applying for a higher cap
Councils seeking a higher cap need to apply for a higher cap by 31 March each year.
The application needs to set out:
- the proposed higher cap for each specified financial year
- the reasons why the council is seeking the higher cap
- how the views of ratepayers and the community have been considered in proposing the higher cap
- how the higher cap is an efficient use of council resources and represents value for money
- whether other funding options have been considered and why those options are not adequate
- that the assumptions and proposals in the application are consistent with the council’s long term strategy and financial management policies.
Key dates in the higher cap applications process
We follow a consistent timeline for each higher cap application cycle. Dates listed here are approximate.
|Item||Deadline (each year)|
|The Minister for Local Government publishes the rate cap in the Victoria Government Gazette||Date determined by the minister|
|Councils seeking approval for a higher cap may notify us about their intention to apply*||31 January|
|Councils submit their applications for a higher cap, which we publish on our website||1 February to 31 March|
|We assess council applications||February to May|
|We notify councils about our findings||Within two months of receiving a council's higher cap application|
|Councils formally adopt their budgets||No later than June|
* Councils are not required to complete this step. The ‘intention to notify’ date is intended to help smooth the application process by providing councils early advice and support.