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Growth Study

We commissioned an independent study to better understand how growth affects a council’s bottom line. The findings will help us understand and assess higher cap applications that cite growth as a key reason for needing additional revenue above the minister’s cap.

We conducted this review in response to an independent review of our first year implementation of the Fair Go Rates system in 2016, which recommended:

a review is undertaken into any special financial issues associated with growth area councils.

Responding to the report

Feedback on Arup’s report closes on 18 October 2017. Please email any feedback to with the subject line: Feedback on Arup’s growth study report.

You may also send feedback by mail addressed:

Attention: Local Government Division
Essential Services Commission
Level 37, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Please note that your feedback may be published on our website. Please mark clearly if you do not wish your feedback to be published.


Any questions regarding the growth study may be directed to:

Andrew Chow
Director, Local Government Division
03 9032 1300

Project timeline

  • Arup’s report released and open for feedback – Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Feedback on Arup’s report closes – Wednesday 18 October 2017

Associated Documents