Council budget

Yarra City Council has listened to the community to develop a 2022-23 Budget that is responsible, responsive and recognises the need for change now.

Read the Budget for 2022-23

Budget highlights

  • Continuing to transition Council buildings off gas, including making significant progress in relation to getting our Town Halls off gas.
  • Developing the Collingwood College Early Childhood Centre (funded primarily by the Department of Education, in partnership with Collingwood College).
    • Council will deliver a refurbished building and outdoor area for the purpose of Council operating three and four-year-old funded kindergarten, playgroups and occasional care.
  • Designing a new pocket park in Charlotte Street, Richmond which will be delivered in a following year.
  • Making a range of improvements across Yarra’s bicycle network.
  • Improving road safety via programs agreed with the community in Carlton North, Fitzroy North, Clifton Hill, Abbotsford and Richmond. 
  • Delivering programs to support households and businesses to reduce carbon emissions to work towards a zero carbon Yarra.
  • Continuing master planning for Linear Park including community consultation.
  • Introducing a CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) digital literacy learning program.
    • Council is engaging officers with community language skills (particularly Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Somali) to support our ongoing community and digital learning programs.
  • Accelerating Yarra’s tree planting program to hit our urban forest strategy targets sooner.

The Budget includes a rate increase of 1.75%, which is in line with the 2022-23 rate cap implemented by the Victorian Government, which the Essential Services Commission set based on CPI forecast.

Financial Hardship Policy

Council has an updated Financial Hardship Policy (148KB, PDF) to support ratepayers experiencing financial hardship. This policy will ensure the continuation of real and practical support to ratepayers experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

Pricing Policy

We have adopted a Pricing Policy to guide the setting of fees and charges for transactional services (user fees and charges) with transparency, consistency and equity.

Social, economic and legal factors must all be taken into account when establishing prices for user fees and charges. These include consideration of our social policy objectives and steps to ensure accessibility and affordability for the community.

The Pricing Policy sets out the objectives, principles and practical application of pricing methods that makes clear to the community the process by which user fees and charges are set.

Past budgets