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Fit for the Future
Singleton Council has been deemed Fit for the Future by IPART.

IPART Report Card Summary

IPART assessment of Singleton Council Improvement Proposal

The endorsed Singleton Council Improvement Proposal was required under the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future program and was lodged with IPART by 30 June 2015. Council endorsed the Council Improvement Proposal at an extraordinary meeting on 1 June 2015.

Singleton Council was not been earmarked for change or amalgamation, however it had to demonstrate how it planned to meet or work towards achieving seven key performance measures within a five-year period.

The seven measures are: operating performance ratio; own source revenue; building and infrastructure asset renewal ratio; infrastructure backlog; asset maintenance; debt service; and real operating expenditure.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has assessed councils’ proposals and all councils were rated as either “fit” or “not fit”.

IPART released their assessments on 20 October 2015. 

presentation on the proposal was made to Council at an extraordinary meeting on 1 June 2015.

Our proposal to be Fit for the Future
The Council Improvement Proposal is the outcome of long consideration of a range of options and follows a three-year review of Council’s operations. 

While further reviews and efficiencies will continue to be made, Council’s proposal for the future will enable the Council to meet or show improvement towards meeting the seven benchmarks within the five-year timeframe.  This plan is about meeting the Fit for the Future requirements to enable this Council to continue to stand alone.
 
Despite the significant improvements in many areas of Council’s operations, without a substantial increase in general rate income, this Council will not be able to meet the benchmark operating performance ratio within five years without impacting on existing service levels across the whole organisation, reducing services and staffing. 

Our proposal recommended a multi-year special rate variation of 9.75% for each year for a period of four years from 1 July 2016. 

This application for a special rate variation was approved by IPART on 17 May 2016.


Application for a special rate variation
In February 2016, Council lodged an application for a special rate variation with IPART. This application was approved on 17 May 2016 and will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

View Singleton Council's application

What impact will a special rate variation have on me?
Use our rates calculator to determine what the impact of the special rate variation will be on you. You will need your rate assessment number, which can be found at the top right hand side of your rate instalment notice.

Please note, the rates calculator is an Excel spreadsheet and works best on a desktop rather than a mobile device.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290