It provides a suggested timeline for development of the budget and important matters that should be taken into consideration. This includes when to ensure compliance with the Local Government Act 1995 and associated regulations, and when a council resolution
is required. Please note the timeline is a guide only.
Council is to consider a review of the existing budget.
The local government commences budget planning by reviewing the corporate plan and other relevant plans.
The council adopts the budget strategy and endorses objects and reasons for each differential rating category and each minimum payment.
In accordance with section 6.36(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1995, from 1 May the local government can publish a notice of its intention to impose differential general rates.
Council considers submissions and determines appropriate level of differential rates.
Council decision to seek Ministerial approval for the imposition of differential general rates that fall within section 6.33(3).
A local government needs to allow three weeks for the processing of an application from the date all of the required information is received by the department.
The local government’s budget is to be adopted by 31 August under section 6.2(1) of the Local Government Act 1995.
The budget cannot be adopted until after the Minister makes their decision.
If the local government has submitted the final documents for Ministerial approval later than the end of July, consideration may need to be given by the local government applying for Ministerial approval for an extension to the budget adoption.
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street, Perth WA 6000
GPO Box R1250, Perth WA 6844
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300
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