Your Rates Explained

Did you know:

  • About 50% of our income is made up of rates and the other 50% comes from grants, user fees and charges, development contributions and interest on investments.
  • The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal sets the maximum amount NSW Councils can increase their total rates by. For City of Newcastle this was 1.2% for 2022/23. However, this was well below what was budgeted for. To correct this we applied for special approval to increase rates by 2.5%. This was approved by IPART.
  • Every three years the Valuer General is required to revalue all land within the Newcastle Local Government Area. The most recent valuation took place during 2019/20. These land values have been used to calculate the 2022/23 rates.
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