Why are we doing this?
Inner West Council is operating under three old rating systems - Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville. By law, all amalgamated councils must harmonise rates from July 2021. Harmonising rates will mean one rating system across the Inner West. While Council is not increasing its overall income from rates, harmonisation means your rates may change. The change to rates will not increase the total rate revenue received by Inner West Council. Harmonising rates means rates will be paid equitably in proportion to the land value by all ratepayers in the Inner West.
Will I be affected?
To find out if you’re affected, use the rates calculator to show you how your General Rates may change per annum. The amounts do not include Waste and Stormwater charges or Pensioner Rebates/Discounts.
Have your say
Provide your comments on the proposed new rating structure by completing the feedback form.
Last day to provide feedback is Sunday 7 February 2021
If you have a hearing or speech impairment:
Contact us on the National Relay Service you will need to provide Inner West Council's Rates Information Line on 02 9392 5859
These services operate Monday to Friday 9am-4pm on these numbers:
- Voice Relay number: 1300 555 727
- TTY number: 133 677
- SMS relay number: 0423 677 767
What happens next?
Council officers will collate all comments into an Engagement Outcomes Report which will be published on this page before the matter goes to Council for a decision. Everyone who provides feedback will be notified of the date the matter is be considered by Council. If approved by Council an application will be sent to IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) to approve the minimum rate. IPART will invite community feedback to inform its decision. If approved, the new rating structure will come into effect on 1 July 2021.
The State Government will introduce a new bill into Parliament in early 2021. If passed, the bill will allow gradual rate harmonisation for amalgamated councils over four years, rather than a single year increase.
View the LGNSW media release