Payment of development contributions

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If you are an applicant or owner preparing to activate a development consent, you need to contact Council on 9424 0000 prior to making a payment to ensure you have the current inflated contributions as at the date of payment.

For recent Council-approved consents, this is a relatively straightforward process and a quote can be provided over the phone or via email if requested. 

For older consents and those issued by the Land and Environment Court, please allow additional time as specific records may need to be compiled before a re-calculation can be done.

Calculating Inflation

Ku-ring-gai Council applies inflation to all unpaid development contributions as set out in the relevant Contributions Plan and the conditions of consent.

Contributions continue to inflate until they are paid in order to ensure the value of contributions keeps pace with the increasing costs of delivering infrastructure to support redevelopment.

Council utilises the Consumer Price Index (All Group Sydney) as the inflation mechanism for all contributions other than land. The land cost component of contributions is inflated by the Established House Price Index (All Group Sydney) which is published as part of the Residential Property Prices Index.  Both these indices are readily available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Ku-ring-gai Contributions Plan 2010

Ku-ring-gai Contributions Plan 2010 was primarily drafted during 2009 and the base costs are being inflated from the base quarter when land valuations were undertaken and when the Quantity Surveyors costed the infrastructure programme.  Full details are listed on Page 61 of Ku-ring-gai Contributions Plan 2010.

Both the Consumer Price Index and the Established House Price Index (which is now published as part of the Residential Property Prices Index) have rebased since the adoption of the contributions plan.  This means that the figures that are released each quarter are extrapolated on to the old base based on the quarterly increase.

  • The current CPI figure for the December Quarter 2017: 192.7 *
  • The current HPI figure is the December Quarter 2017: 196.3 **
  • The March Quarter CPI figure is due for release on 24 April 2018.
  • The March Quarter HPI figure is due for release on 19 June 2018. ***
  • Council's systems will be updated once only following the release of both indices for the quarter.

    * Once the CPI reaches 180.0 it is rebased to 100.0.  This event took place as of the September Quarter 2012.  Ku-ring-gai Council is extrapolating the current figure on the old base using the published unit change from the preceding quarter on the ABS website.  This is essential in order to maintain relativity with the base CPI published in the Contributions Plan being the September Quarter 2009 first issued at 168.1.  Dual figures were released for recent past quarters at rebase to facilitate this process.
    ** As of December 2013, the Housing Price Index (Established Houses) also rebased and is now part of the Residential Property Prices Index. Ku-ring-gai Council continues to use the Established House Price Index which continues within this issue. Ku-ring-gai Council is extrapolating the current figure on the old base using the published unit change from the preceding quarter on the ABS website. This is essential in order to maintain relativity with the base index figure published in the Contributions Plan being the December Quarter 2008 first issued at 98.9.  Dual figures were issued for recent quarters at rebase to facilitate this process.
    *** As of March 2015, the ABS announced that the release of quarterly figures for the Residential Property Prices Index, would be delayed by approximately 6 weeks, compared to past releases.  This index continues to be published nearly a full quarter in arrears. One update only is done after the release of this index.

Please also note that where Index figures are back-cast by the ABS and are subject to retrospective amendment after the release of subsequent quarters, the given figures are as at the date of first issue.

At such time as the Contributions Plan is reviewed and the works programme is recosted and land acquisitions revalued, a rebased CPI and EHPI under the RPPI will be used in that plan based on the quarter(s) in which the works programme was recosted by Quantity Surveyors and new land valuations were undertaken.

For more information please see 1.38 Indexation of Contributions on pages 60-61 of Ku-ring-gai Contributions Plan 2010.

Ku-ring-gai s94A Contributions Plan 2015

Ku-ring-gai s94A Contributions Plan 2015 utilises the Consumer Price Index (All Groups Sydney) to inflate contributions from the quarter in which they are calculated based on the cost of development to the quarter in which they are paid. For more details please see Page 14 of Ku-ring-gai s94A Contributions Plan 2015.

Prior to contacting Council to arrange payment of a s94A Contribution, please ensure that Council has received a copy of the required cost report from Schedule One or Quantity Surveyors report from Schedule Two (as applicable) of Ku-ring-gai s94A Contributions Plan 2015.

Click here for more information on the s94A Contributions Plan.

Responsibilities of Private Certifiers

In accordance with section 94EC(1) of the Act, where a certifying authority (the council or an accredited certifier) issues a complying development certificate in respect of development where that development meets the criteria set down in this Contributions Plan, the certificate must be subject to a condition requiring the applicant to pay to the Council the contribution in accordance with this Plan.  In the event further clarity is required, accredited certifiers are asked to please contact Ku-ring-gai Council directly on 9424 0000.

Accredited Certifiers must also have regard to Directions issued by the Minister for Planning for time to time.  Please refer to Planning Circular 09-020 issued 21 July 2009 entitled: Complying development – accredited certifiers to follow Minister’s directions on development contributions.

Third parties are advised to refer to the Department of Planning website to ascertain the current status of all s94E Directions.  Any direction given by the Minister under s94E of the Act and in force from time to time may be attached to either Contributions Plan or be imposed over the top of a contribution authorised by either plan in such a manner as to affect the levying of that contribution, but does not form part of either Contributions Plan for the purposes of the Act.

While it is noted that, if an accredited certifier fails to comply with the requirements of either Contributions Plan, the consent authority may impose the necessary condition on the complying development certificate and it has the effect as if it had been imposed by the accredited certifier, the potential for lost contributions is evident.  As such, it is Ku-ring-gai Council’s view that it is the professional responsibility of the individual certifier to accurately calculate and apply the contribution conditions of consent. 

It should be particularly noted that Ku-ring-gai Council is quite prepared to pursue any third party in the event of the non-receipt of any contribution to which it is entitled under either Contributions Plan regardless of the nature of the omission that caused the non-payment.  Accredited certifiers are advised to ensure that they have adequate professional indemnity insurance.