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Annual Plan



The Annual Plan details Council’s services, including new services and projects, together with financial impacts. The purpose is to provide all information so that the community can judge the budget and how it aligns to the City Plan 2030. The Executive Summary provides a snapshot of the Annual Plan, and provides guidance as to where more information is available.

Annual Plan (2019/20)

Rate Increase

The Annual Plan has been based on a 2.9 per cent average rate increase, which is higher than the initial proposed rate increase of 2.5 per cent due to the State Government's increase in the solid waste levy.Further information about rates is in the Rating Strategy and Policy on pages 102 to 105. 

2018/19 Budget

2019/20 Budget

Rate increase



Operating Surplus

This year, Council will make an Operating Surplus of $3.4m or 2.8 per cent Operating Surplus Ratio. Further information is in the Budgeted Financial Statements and Analysis on pages 36 to 40. 

Financial Sustainability

Being financially sustainable means having:

  • The ability to have consistent services into the future
  • Infrastructure, like roads, continuing to be maintained at an appropriate level
  • Current ratepayers pay the costs associated with the services consumed
  • New infrastructure provided to meet community expectations, balanced against increases in costs

We measure financial sustainability through 3 indicators. The Long Term Financial Plan (pages 10 to 13) shows that Council is budgeting and planning to be sustainable over the coming 10 year period.



19/20 Budget


Operating Surplus



Asset Sustainability



Net Financial Liabilities



Service Provision

There are no reductions in services in the 2019/20 budget or the Long Term Financial Plan. More information about Council’s services are in the Key Direction sections of the document, starting on page 44. 

Projects and Additional Services

All of Council’s projects and additional services (Budget Bids) are detailed in the Annual Plan by category of spending, and can be found on pages 17 to 34.

Funds of $15.4m are provided for asset updates / renewal in line with our Asset Management Plans, with significant items being:

  • Road reseal and kerb replacement $8.6m
  • Building renewal $1.6m
  • Park, sports field and playgrounds $0.8m
  • St Kilda Channel Breakwaters $0.7m
  • Watercourse management works $0.6m

Bridgestone Reserve Athletics Facility will commence construction in 2019/20 and will include a community facility, athletics track and sports field lighting, which will provide for the co-location of three athletics clubs to provide affordable and convenient access to top class facilities for the clubs and residents.

The Paddocks Masterplan has established a coordinated approach for infrastructure investment and ongoing renewal of infrastructure and facilities at The Paddocks which is one of the most significant recreation and open space precincts within the City of Salisbury.

Salisbury Community Hub

To provide for the future needs of the Salisbury community and to stimulate the revival of the City Centre, construction of the new Salisbury Community Hub will be completed in the second half of 2019. 

The Salisbury Community Hub will deliver an enhanced experience in delivery of various Council services, information and learning, civic spaces and community accessible meeting spaces, together with the provision of a functional office space for Council’s administration. 

This is an exciting time for our community as associated with the construction of the Salisbury Community Hub is the transformation to shift the organisation to a customer centric approach, with technology to better support service delivery and greater community activation.

The project will be delivered within the budget estimate of $43.8m, which is the total project costs, not just the built form. The project had been incorporated into Council’s Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP), with no requirement to increase rates beyond the LTFP assumptions and maintaining Council’s strong financial position.

Download the 2019/20 Annual Plan

2019/20 Annual Plan