We administer higher council rate caps, produce council compliance reports and conduct inquiries and reviews that promote sustainable outcomes for councils and the community.
As required under the Local Government Act, we:
- assess, then accept or reject higher cap applications
- undertake council compliance reports, provide advice to the Minister for Local Government on the annual rate cap and other matters
- develop guidance and resources for councils and undertake studies and reviews as required
- report on outcomes in the sector following the introduction of rate capping.
The annual local council rate cap sets the maximum amount a council can increase general rates and municipal charges.
View information on the higher cap applications we receive and our decisions to accept or reject those applications.
Access resources to help councils comply with rate caps, and view our reporting on compliance.
We report on rate capping outcomes and identify any impacts or trends that might be emerging across the local government sector.
View research and findings that promote the long-term interests of ratepayers.
We have released a report on the outcomes of the first six years of rate capping in Victoria, identifying impacts and trends emerging across the local government sector.
We have released our council rate cap compliance report for 2022–23, which outlines whether councils have complied with their council rate cap when they set their rates for each financial year.
If you are having difficulty paying your rates, you should contact your council using the contact details provided on your rates notice. Most councils have a policy to assist ratepayers suffering financial hardship and options might include deferral of rates payments or payment plans. The details of these policies and the application process will vary between councils.
All Victorian councils must submit the annual compliance information template and rating system reports (as at 30 June and 1 July) by 30 September 2022.