City of Hobart Budget 2020-21

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The 2020-21 City of Hobart Budget adopted on 22 June 2020 balances community needs with financial sustainability and responds to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A $135.5 million operating budget and $34.1 million capital program focus on essential services, maintenance of existing assets, and programs that contribute to the wellbeing of the community. This has been achieved with no increase to general rates and most fees and charges, but will result in a forecast operational deficit of $11.8 million.

The budget and forward estimates will be reviewed in December with a view to making amendments once the full impact of COVID-19 becomes clearer.

Read the Lord Mayor's Budget Speech(PDF, 75KB)

View 2020-21 Budget Estimates(PDF, 882KB)

 2020-21 Budget key features

  • $135.5m Operating Budget 
  • 0% rate increase 
  • 0% increase to fees and charges (exception = $10 increase for premises that have the new FOGO collection service)
  • $5.3m reduction in spending across programs and projects to offset $17.7m estimated reduction in revenue

A $34.1m capital works program includes:

  • $10m for roads renewal
  • $3.6m for stormwater upgrades & renewal
  • $2.3m for Salamanca pedestrian improvements stages 2 & 3
  • $1.8m for parks infrastructure renewal
  • $1.4m for bushland infrastructure renewal and improvements

A focus on supporting our community:

  • $4.6m for COVID-19 ratepayer support 
  • $2.3m for community and creative programs
  • $2.1m to support community events
  • $1.2m for community, creative and business grants


Protecting our community from bushfire:

  • $1.7m for bushfire management operations 
  • $600 000 to upgrade fire trails 

Fostering an outdoor lifestyle:

  • $7m to maintain & manage our parks, reserves and sporting facilities
  • $2.1m for maintain and improve our bushland infrastructure