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Rates & special rate variations

Council is not able to adjust or increase rates in excess of the published rate pegged amount that is set each year by the NSW Government, unless it has special permission.  The NSW Government has appointed the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to make decisions on what are known as special rate levels or variations.

Read more information about the IPART process.

Council's Application to IPART in 2017

Council has recently applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation for the 2017/18 financial year. 

Please find a copy of all documents pertaining to the application:

  1.  FINAL PMHC SRV PART A 2017-1860KB pdf(PDF, 60KB)
  2.  FINAL PMHC SRV PART B 2017-182MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)
  3.  Attachment 1 - Extract from Community Strategic Plan1MB pdf(PDF, 1MB)
  4.  Attachment 2 - AMENDED 2013-2017 Delivery Program5MB pdf(PDF, 5MB)
  5.  Attachment 3 - AMENDED Long Term Financial Plan 2016-20261015KB pdf(PDF, 1015KB)
  6.  Attachment 3a - LTFP Excel format184KB pdf(PDF, 184KB)
  7.  Attachment 4 - Port Macquarie-Hastings Financial Assessment Report678KB pdf(PDF, 678KB)
  8.  Attachment 5 - Community Engagement - Making a decision about Future Rates12MB pdf(PDF, 12MB)
  9.  Attachment 6 - Hardship Assistance Policy29KB pdf(PDF, 29KB)
  10.  Attachment 7 - Resolution to apply for the proposed special variation51KB pdf(PDF, 51KB)
  11.  Attachment 8 - Asset Management Plan Extract4MB pdf(PDF, 4MB)
  12.  Attachment 9 Document - Past instrument of approval2MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)
  13.  Attachment 10 - Resolution to adopt the amended Delivery Program and LTFP51KB pdf(PDF, 51KB)
  14.  Attachment 11 - PMHC Engagement Strategy1018KB pdf(PDF, 1018KB) 
  15.  Attachment 12 - Submissions 158KB pdf(PDF, 158KB)
  16.  Attachment 13 - Pensioner Concession Rebate Policy99KB pdf(PDF, 99KB)


Council's Application to IPART in 2012

In February 2012, Council applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation for the 2012/13 financial year.

The application included a proposal to continue to permanently apply a 7.3% special rate variation (which was due to expire at the end of the 2011/2012 financial year), with an additional increase of 4.43% to be in the rates base for a period of five (5) years only. These increases would be in addition to the government approved rate peg of 3.36%.

The decision to apply for the rate variation was based on the opinions expressed in the public engagement Council undertook over a six week period during November and December 2011. The consultation program labelled 'Funding Future Services' contained background fact sheets, a comprehensive brochure, an online forum and paper surveys that presented funding options that related specifically to the volume of work Council would be able to complete. Over 2400 people completed the online survey and expressed their opinion, as well as more than 80 written submissions were received to Council.

 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's application to IPART 2011-20126MB pdf(PDF, 6MB)

The IPART Decision and Rate Rise Outcomes currently in place

The application was approved by IPART in June 2012, which means Council has created a level of financial security that allows substantial funds to be directed into the priority area of road maintenance and construction for the period 2012 - 2017.

Retaining the 7.3% increase will funds specific projects in the Operational Plan including crucial roadwords and resurfacing. The addition of a further 4.43% into the rates base will generate $1.68 million a year for the next five years. This money will be directed to further roadworks, parks and recreation maintenance, as well as a number of specific bridge, resurfacing and rehabilitation projects throughout the area.

Previous IPART Applications and Outcomes

During 2009/2010, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council undertook an extensive community engagement program that involved consultation with approximately 3,000 residents, either face-to-face, via surveys or on-line forums.

As part of that process, the local community indicated their priorities for the Hastings and what they wanted for the area in the future. This work showed that residents placed a large emphasis on community assets, roads, drainage, bridges and parks.

This consultation assisted with the development of the overall Towards 2030 Community Strategic Plan, the 2011-2015 Delivery Program and 2011-2012 Operational Plan.

The proposed level of work set out in the Operational Plan and the need to address the $110 million backlog of infrastructure that requires renewing or replacing, saw Council resolve to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for a Special Rate Variation for the 2010/2011 financial year.

For the 2010/2011 budget, Council applied for a 7.36% Special Rate Variation on top of the statewide capped increase of 2.8%.

Council's application for a Special Rate Variation was approved for a 7.36% rate increase for the 2010/2011 financial year.

For the 2011/2012 budget, Council applied to retain the 7.36% rate rise awarded in the 2010/2011 financial year and for an additional 5.18% Special Rate Variation on top of the statewide capped rate increase of 2.8%.

The Special Rate Variation application also included a further rate increase of 3% above the previous year and the capped rate increase for 2012/2013 and the assumption of only the capped rate increase for 2013/2014. 

Council's application for a Special Rate Variation was partially approved. IPART allowed a one year Special Rate Variation of 7.30% above the existing rate peg increase, with the other parts of the application being denied.

This page was last updated on: 17 February 2017