A range of government fees and charges such as parking, business registration and development application fees will not increase in the 2020-21 financial year, recognising the pressures facing our community as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes on top of a number of financial support measures provided by the ACT Government during the pandemic, including rebates on rates, incentives for commercial and residential rental relief and payroll tax concessions. Electricity bills are also expected to drop following a determination by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s (ICRC) on regulated electricity prices in the ACT.
Many families and businesses are experiencing financial stress due to losing their jobs and personal or business income reductions. We know that every little bit counts, and this is one of the many ways the Government can help address the cost of doing business, and the cost of living, during this pandemic.
Some fees and charges will be frozen at current 2019-20 levels, such as:
- Birth, death and marriage registrations fees
- Building fees
- Domestic animal fees
- Emergencies fees
- Land title fees
- Planning and development fees
- Public health fees
- Security industry fees
- Vehicle registration fees
Several fees and charges were already frozen at 2019-20 levels or waived as part of the government’s Economic Survival Package announced in March 2020. These fees will remain fixed at the 2019-20 level for 2020-21.
A full list of fees and charges that have been frozen at current 2019-20 levels are available at: www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-hub/economic-survival-package
Families, tenants and businesses can find out about financial support they may be eligible for through the Economic Recovery Package at: www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-hub/economic-survival-package