The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) has issued a Circular to Councils regarding a one-month extension:
o to adopt their 2020-21 Operational Plan (including Revenue Policy,
Statement of Fees and Charges and annual budget) before 31 July 2020; o to submit audited financial reports by 30 November 2020; and
o for the preparation and publishing of annual reports by 31 December 2020.
Councils have the option to delay issuing rates notices to ratepayers until 1 September 2020, and the collection of the first quarter rates instalment until 30 September 2020. Councils may also immediately waive or reduce fees under a new “COVID-19” category.
Other obligations, such as the need for physical inspection of documents at Council premises, and the need for newspaper advertising for certain matters, have been temporarily amended.
Councils should note the amended dates and temporarily amended obligations set out in the Circular.