Consultation is now closed.

The City of Onkaparinga’s draft Annual Business Plan (ABP) and Budget 2024-25 was open for feedback from Friday 19 April to 9am Monday 13 May 2024.

The focus of this year’s draft plan is budget repair. It was developed with reference to the February 2024 Essential Services Commission of SA's (ESCOSA) report which identified challenges to council’s financial sustainability.

Council has operated at a deficit for seven consecutive years, and we need to act now to return to a balanced budget as soon as possible. This will put us on track to keep delivering the services, programs and projects that support the city into the future.

To achieve this, the draft plan includes:

  • $158.29 million in services, programs and asset maintenance
  • $73.57 million in new projects and initiatives for the community
  • a rate increase of 6.8 per cent plus rates from new properties
  • managing employee costs to achieve an additional $2.48 million in cost efficiencies
  • containing controllable costs to below CPI at 4.0 per cent
  • recovering the full-service cost of community wastewater management system (CWMS)
  • pausing the Onkaparinga Grants program for 12 months.

The draft plan will also meet all key financial indicators set for the local government sector.

Council has carefully developed this draft budget to balance the tough financial decisions with impact on community members. We remain committed to providing hardship support for those who need it most.