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Whitehorse City

Profile Performance

Provision of relevant information about the effectiveness of financial management in local government including efficiency, liquidity, obligations, operating position and stability

Expenses per property assessment

Amount of council expenditure for each property

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

$2,278.34

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

$2,777.59

All Councils (2020-2021)

$3,509.99

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 $2,215.05 $2,605.13 $3,173.85
2018-2019 $2,282.15 $2,717.81 $3,322.88
2019-2020 $2,324.52 $2,773.81 $3,402.81
2020-2021 $2,278.34 $2,777.59 $3,509.99
2021-2022 $2,587.95 $2,924.70 $3,428.50
2022-2023 $2,716.40 $2,894.46 $3,373.59
2023-2024 $2,657.54 $2,922.30 $3,409.38
2024-2025 $2,739.40 $2,974.97 $3,474.36

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result demonstrates Council's continual ability to deliver services to the community within a responsible budget. The decrease in 2020/21 reflects reduced expenditure as a result of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Council operations. The forecast for the next few years reflects an increase in expenditure including some significant transformation initiatives including a new enterprise resource planning system.

Average rate per property assessment

Amount of rates charged on average for each property. New indicator from July 2019. Please refer to retired indicators link for previous results.

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

$1,606.97

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

$1,807.50

All Councils (2020-2021)

$1,798.88

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 Service not provided 0 0
2018-2019 Service not provided 0 0
2019-2020 $1,584.36 $1,794.85 $1,774.72
2020-2021 $1,606.97 $1,807.50 $1,798.88
2021-2022 $1,625.15 $1,857.64 $1,801.50
2022-2023 $1,645.19 $1,885.55 $1,838.57
2023-2024 $1,668.30 $1,917.12 $1,872.67
2024-2025 $1,719.34 $1,955.38 $1,908.57

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result confirms Whitehorse City Council's low average rates per assessment, which is among the lowest across Metropolitan Melbourne. Future rate increases are anticipated to be in line with the rate cap.

Current assets as a percentage of current liabilities

Value of current assets at the end of the year (i.e. assets that can easily be converted to cash within 12 months) divided by the value of current liabilities at the end of year (i.e. obligations due or payable by cash within the next 12 months)

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

390.84%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

212.68%

All Councils (2020-2021)

240.07%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 495.00% 277.19% 317.53%
2018-2019 489.33% 271.25% 319.74%
2019-2020 459.45% 252.00% 291.35%
2020-2021 390.84% 212.68% 240.07%
2021-2022 363.24% 192.61% 220.98%
2022-2023 267.04% 179.90% 213.74%
2023-2024 262.98% 172.73% 207.11%
2024-2025 264.09% 175.41% 198.93%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

While reducing, this result demonstrates Council's strong cash position. The recent decreases are due to a combination of a large capital works program, an increase in current liabilities as a result of grant income received in advance, and a reduction in income earned due to service closures during the Coronavirus pandemic. This indicator is projected to marginally decline over the next three years as Council funds major community infrastructure projects.

Unrestricted cash as a percentage of current liabilities

Amount of cash at the end of the year which is free of restrictions divided by the value of current liabilities at the end of year (i.e. obligations due or payable by cash within the next 12 months)

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

214.18%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

61.61%

All Councils (2020-2021)

61.81%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 307.62% 79.81% 101.05%
2018-2019 343.11% 94.64% 94.27%
2019-2020 285.71% 77.12% 88.99%
2020-2021 214.18% 61.61% 61.81%
2021-2022 219.37% 74.53% 99.39%
2022-2023 122.90% 63.67% 91.85%
2023-2024 120.08% 57.16% 86.88%
2024-2025 122.74% 56.36% 83.72%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This demonstrates Council's strong unrestricted cash position and reflects the cash available after accounting for trust funds and deposits, statutory reserves and other commitments. This indicator has decreased over the past four years and is expected to continue to decrease over future years as Council uses cash reserves as a funding source for major infrastructure projects.

Loans and borrowings as a percentage of rates

Value of interest bearing loans and borrowings at the end of the year divided by rates raised for the year

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

0.00%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

12.80%

All Councils (2020-2021)

15.51%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 4.57% 15.69% 18.05%
2018-2019 4.37% 14.57% 16.44%
2019-2020 0.00% 12.35% 15.03%
2020-2021 0.00% 12.80% 15.51%
2021-2022 0.00% 21.74% 20.83%
2022-2023 0.00% 25.51% 22.15%
2023-2024 0.00% 24.86% 21.31%
2024-2025 0.00% 23.52% 20.47%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

The improvement in this result starting from 2019/20 year is due to the repayment of a $5.0 million loan in November 2019. Council currently holds no loans and this is not expected to change over the forecast period.

Loans and borrowings repayments as a percentage of rates

Interest bearing loan and borrowing repayments for the year divided by rates raised for the year

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

0.00%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

1.31%

All Councils (2020-2021)

2.47%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 0.51% 2.97% 3.38%
2018-2019 0.23% 2.35% 2.68%
2019-2020 4.25% 3.52% 4.73%
2020-2021 0.00% 1.31% 2.47%
2021-2022 0.00% 3.87% 4.44%
2022-2023 0.00% 2.77% 3.09%
2023-2024 0.00% 2.52% 2.88%
2024-2025 0.00% 2.75% 2.87%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

Consistent with the loan and borrowings compared to rates ratio, Council repaid a $5.0 million loan in 2019/20, currently holds no loans and has no new borrowings planned over the forecast period.

Non-current liabilities as a percentage of own source revenue

Value of non-current liabilities at the end of year (i.e. obligations not due or payable by cash within the next 12 months) divided by total revenue excluding government grants, contributions for capital works and the value of assets received from developers

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

3.36%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

11.20%

All Councils (2020-2021)

19.90%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 4.44% 12.16% 20.63%
2018-2019 1.22% 10.49% 17.93%
2019-2020 2.34% 12.34% 21.38%
2020-2021 3.36% 11.20% 19.90%
2021-2022 2.23% 17.87% 24.87%
2022-2023 2.00% 20.63% 25.86%
2023-2024 2.11% 19.83% 24.78%
2024-2025 1.79% 17.58% 22.64%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result demonstrates Council's continual ability to meet its long term obligations and has improved in the past three years compared to earlier years as a result of the repayment of a loan in November 2019. The small increases in 2019/20 and 2020/21 reflect a decline in own-sourced revenue due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Council services and an increase in Council's liability with respect to future costs for Clayton Regional Landfill.

Asset renewal and asset upgrade as a percentage of depreciation

Expenditure on renewing existing assets or upgrading assets divided by the amount of depreciation on all assets. New indicator from July 2019. Please refer to retired indicators link for previous results.

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

151.59%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

123.07%

All Councils (2020-2021)

109.84%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 Service not provided 0 0
2018-2019 Service not provided 0 0
2019-2020 206.91% 138.09% 115.25%
2020-2021 151.59% 123.07% 109.84%
2021-2022 155.27% 172.45% 160.74%
2022-2023 147.88% 157.48% 122.86%
2023-2024 119.36% 142.48% 111.11%
2024-2025 122.03% 126.62% 107.69%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result continues the strong trend of Council's asset renewal expenditure and demonstrates Council's continual commitment to renew its existing community infrastructure. The indicator reduced in 2020/21 due to the completion of the Nunawading Community Hub early in the year, and is forecast to continue to decrease as other significant projects are completed, however is expected to remain above the desired level of 100%.

Adjusted underlying surplus (or deficit) as a percentage of underlying revenue

Surplus or deficit for the year excluding non-recurrent government grants received for capital purposes, contributions for capital works and the value of assets received from developers divided by total revenue excluding non-recurrent government grants received for capital purposes, contributions for capital works and the value of assets received from developers

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

10.86%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

2.42%

All Councils (2020-2021)

-1.09%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 17.85% 10.20% 4.80%
2018-2019 29.45% 9.09% 4.24%
2019-2020 12.90% 4.24% -0.05%
2020-2021 10.86% 2.42% -1.09%
2021-2022 5.06% 1.38% -2.91%
2022-2023 2.75% 4.54% 0.51%
2023-2024 5.77% 5.23% 0.92%
2024-2025 5.67% 5.47% 0.86%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result was boosted by the one-off $34.84 million gain from the sale of 517-521 Station Street, Box Hill in 2018/19. The decline in recent two years also reflects a reduction in income due to service closures during the Coronavirus pandemic since March 2020. The forecast trend is expected to gradually decline over future years due to the impact of rate capping and transformation investment before stabilising at the end of the four year budget period.

Rates as a percentage of adjusted underlying revenue

Rates raised for the year divided by total revenue excluding non-recurrent government grants received for capital purposes, contributions for capital works and the value of assets received from developers

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

62.89%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

70.80%

All Councils (2020-2021)

61.81%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 56.39% 65.51% 59.55%
2018-2019 48.24% 65.52% 59.45%
2019-2020 59.50% 69.00% 61.87%
2020-2021 62.89% 70.80% 61.81%
2021-2022 59.64% 70.39% 64.54%
2022-2023 59.08% 70.06% 64.57%
2023-2024 59.33% 70.20% 64.87%
2024-2025 59.38% 70.18% 64.94%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

The increase in this indicator is driven by a reduction in income earned since March 2020 as a result of service closures during the Coronavirus pandemic. The decreased result in 2018/19 reflects the one-off $34.84 million gain from the sale of 517-521 Station Street, Box Hill. Future years are predicted to reduce to be more consistent with the 2019/20 result.

Rates as a percentage of property values in municipality

Rates raised for the year divided by the total capital improved value (i.e. market value) of all rateable properties

Whitehorse City (2020-2021)

0.17%

Similar Councils (2020-2021)

0.22%

All Councils (2020-2021)

0.39%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Whitehorse City Similar Councils All Councils
2017-2018 0.17% 0.25% 0.46%
2018-2019 0.15% 0.21% 0.42%
2019-2020 0.17% 0.23% 0.41%
2020-2021 0.17% 0.22% 0.39%
2021-2022 0.17% 0.23% 0.38%
2022-2023 0.16% 0.23% 0.38%
2023-2024 0.15% 0.23% 0.38%
2024-2025 0.15% 0.23% 0.38%

Whitehorse City Council Says...

This result illustrates the relatively low rating burden for the Whitehorse community that will stay low over the forecast period.