Rate Harmonisation

Update: Tuesday 22 December 2020
On Tuesday 22 December the Office of Local Government opened a consultation on Local Government Rating Reform, running until 5 February 2021, which must be considered by Council in the context of applying harmonised rates in our region.  This may alter the draft rating structure that was endorsed at the 16 December council meeting, and the timing of the communications program to rate-payers. Please check back here for further information as it becomes available.

We are currently working towards a single rates structure across the MidCoast Council region, to replace the three different rating systems of the former Council areas. Rates harmonisation is a requirement of the NSW Government for all merged councils and must be in place for the 2021/22 financial year.

Rate harmonisation will provide consistency, equity and a fairer distribution of rates across the entire region.

What it will not do is increase the total amount of rates income charged - this is controlled by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal through an annual rate peg.

A review of the three structures currently being used has been undertaken and a draft rating structure was endorsed at the 16 December council meeting. You can review the recommendations in the council meeting report here(PDF, 2MB).

In developing the draft rating structure that was endorsed, the following considerations were a priority:

  • To simplify and build efficiencies in the way we apply rates
  • To distribute the rates burden fairly across the entire region
  • To reflect the needs and capacity of our community

Bookmark this page and check back regularly, as we will continue to provide updates here as more information becomes available. It is our aim to provide information to individual rate-payers well in advance of the 1 July implementation date, to advise what is changing and how it will impact them.

For now, download the introductory fact sheet(PDF, 1MB) for more detail about rate harmonisation, and an outline of how your rates are currently calculated.