No councils have existing approved higher rate caps that will continue into the 2021-22 year.
A council seeking to increase rates above the minister’s cap must demonstrate community engagement and a long-term funding need, supported by good long-term financial planning.
Applications for variations from the rate cap for the 2021–22 financial year must be lodged with the commission by 31 March 2021. The commission has been engaging with councils across Victoria to discuss their obligations under the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates system and the process for 2021-22 higher cap applications.
A recent commission report showed that most councils complied with the current rate cap, or an approved higher cap in 2020–21.