Infrastructure charges

Infrastructure charges are levied on new developments to fund the cost of trunk infrastructure required to support the development. The trunk infrastructure includes the key pieces of infrastructure that provide a distribution function and service the wider urban communities across the regional council area, for the following networks:

  • water supply
  • sewerage
  • stormwater
  • transport
  • parks.

The Mackay Regional Council levies infrastructure charges through its Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution. The resolution identifies the methodology for calculating the levied charge and identifies the different adopted charge rates for the various types of development. An Infrastructure Charges Notice will be issued to developers as part of a development approval to identify the amount of the levied charge and when it becomes payable. Infrastructure charges are usually paid when the development is completed.

The charges resolution also includes other important information relating to development infrastructure, including:

  • the method for working out the cost of the infrastructure that is subject to an offset or refund
  • criteria for deciding a conversion application
  • identifies development infrastructure and establishment costs
  • standards of service for development infrastructure.

Mackay Regional Council adopted amendments to the Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution on 22 November, 2017. The amended resolution adopts the Queensland State Government adopted charge rates. To allow developers who are currently preparing a new development application, or who had intended to lodge a new development application, time to qualify for payment under the existing rates, the new resolution will be effective from 1 February 2018.

The Priority Infrastructure Areas that apply to the resolutions are available on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website or in the resolution maps.

Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution, November 2017 – commences 1 February 2018

Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution, December 2014 – applicable until 31 January 2018

Facilitating development policy

Development that will deliver significant economic development and growth outcomes may be eligible for a range of incentives through the Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy. The existing policy provides for between 20 and 75% discount on infrastructure charges for qualifying development.

Council endorsed amendments to the Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy on 24 November, 2017. For an overview of the Facilitating Development Policy and other incentives available please refer to the Economic Development Investment Attraction page.