Council rates are a property-based tax. Rates are based on the value of the property you own. Victorian government legislation requires the Council to assess the property of all properties every year.
You can learn more about how to pay your rates, rebates and budget highlights in our Rates, Valuation & Budget brochure(PDF, 1MB).
Our Peninsula 2021 – the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Council Plan 2017-2021 – provides a blueprint for how council will work towards achieving its strategic objectives.
The services and major initiatives funded in the Budget are how Council delivers on its strategic objectives
Property valuations are used to calculate how much you pay in rates. Government legislation requires the Council to assess the value of all properties every year.
Council uses the Capital Improved Value method to determine your rates. Capital Improved Value (CIV) is basically the market value of the land and improvements.
Property values are determined by analysis of market sales and rental evidence. The valuer builds a profile of value levels for each different area/property type by analysis of recent sales and leasings. This information is then applied to individual properties, taking into account the different characteristics of each property.
Date of valuation
All properties were valued with an effective date of 1 January 2020 for use by Council in the 2020/2021 rating year and are in force until 30 June 2021. Where something (other than market fluctuations) has changed the property value, supplementary valuations must be performed between general valuations and these may be performed at any time of year.
Further information on valuations.
For the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 the general rate in the dollar is 0.0016728. A standard residential property with a CIV of $750,000 will have rates as follows: $750,000 x 0.0016728 + $322 = $1,576.60
Vacant residential land
To ensure owners of vacant residential land make equitable financial contributions to the cost of carrying out the functions of Council, vacant land (as defined within the various zonings) attracts a differential rate 20% above the general rate.
Vacant commercial and industrial land
To ensure owners of vacant commercial/industrial land make equitable financial contributions to the cost of carrying out the functions of Council, vacant commercial/ industrial land attracts a differential rate 40% above the general rate.
Mornington Peninsula agricultural rate
Agricultural Rate is set at 35% of the general rate and the property must firstly be classified as "farm land" in accordance with the provisions of the Valuation of Land Act 1960 in order to qualify.
Conservation land rate
Approved applicants for the Conservation Land Rate (formerly the Land Sustainability Rebate) will pay 75% of the general rate on the land component on their property, excluding the house and surrounds (curtilage) for undertaking appropriate conservation land management actions on their property. Eligibility criteria apply - visit our Conservation Land Rate page to find out more.
Trust for nature
Trust for Nature Land is land that is under Trust for Nature conservation covenant. This differential rate of 35% (which is 65% below the general rate) is to recognise the commitment towards protection of biodiversity of Mornington Peninsula Shire and provide the highest level of recognition possible within the limits of differential rating. A conservation covenant is a voluntary agreement between Trust for Nature and the landowners.
To be eligible for a Pension Rebate, the ratepayer must be the holder of a current: Pensioner Concession card (issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs), DVA Gold Card TPI – Totally and Permanently Incapacitated, or DVA Gold Card WW – War Widow. Eligible pension cardholders receive up to 50% off their rates to a maximum of $241.00 for the 2020/2021 year. A rebate of rates may only be claimed for your principal place of residence and only one rebate is granted per rating year. Applications for the current year may be received until 30 June 2021. Further information on pensioner concessions.
The Heritage Rebate recognises the cultural values of heritage properties on the Mornington Peninsula. Further information on the heritage rebate.
Local councils must collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the state government. There is a flat $113 charge for residential properties and $230 for other properties, as well as a charge based on the valuation of the property for all property types. Refer to the levy information on your 2020/2021 Rates Notice. Learn more about the Fire Services Property Levy.
Are you tired of receiving paper bills? Council now offers electronic delivery of rates notices either by Bpay or email. Learn more about eRates notices.
The Shire's ongoing commitment to customer service includes making our online payments and services available online, 24hrs a day for our customers. Requests for copies of house plans, rates, animal registration renewal, permits for landscaping your nature strip and many more services are now available online for your convenience. Simply use the search tool (top right) to find what you are looking for.
Council has complied with the Victorian Government’s rates cap of 2%. The cap applies to the average annual increase of rates and charges.
The Waste Service Charge is intended to recoup the full cost of waste services including collection, disposal, street sweeping, footpath sweeping, beach cleaning, state government landfill levy, plus street and drain litter collection. The Waste Service Charge has been set at $322 for 2020/21 and applies equally to all properties.
The Shire is able to combine multiple titles onto one rate notice where they are occupied by the same person. This is known as contiguous rating. Properties can be abutting or may be separated by a public reserve or open space, street, road, lane, footway, court, railway or thoroughfare. Having your properties rated together is a financial benefit as you will only be charged one Waste Service Charge. In some circumstances combining multiple titles onto one rate notice can change the rating category, resulting in further savings. The rate in the dollar for General Rate is currently 20% less than the Vacant Land Rate. Learn more about combining your rates.
If you feel you cannot make the payments by the due dates, please contact the Revenue Department immediately to discuss your situation. Mornington Peninsula Shire will consider all applications for assistance and may be able to offer alternative payment arrangements. Learn more about rates payment assistance.