Rates Frequently Asked Questions

Why have my property rates increased?

Rates are calculated using a formula that takes into account the cost of providing almost 100 council services for the local community to help fund our day-to-day operations and the services  such as maintaining parks, running community facilities and events, and more.

Council rates are not calculated solely on the basis of property valuation and rates do not automatically increase as property value increases. The value of the property is only used to calculate the percentage of the budget that residents need to pay to ensure that the Shire can continue to provide services.

Rates are apportioned across all ratepayers using the Capital Improved Value (CIV) for each property, to determine the share of Overall Rates payable against each rateable property (applied via a unit rate per Dollar ($) of valuation).

Your property's rates and charges may have increased or decreased by a different percentage for reasons such as:

  • the valuation of your property relative to the valuation of other properties in the shire
  • the inclusion of other rates and charges such as waste and recycling, and the Fire Services Property Levy.

You can learn more at How are My Rates Calculated?

Why is there an increase to our Annual Waste Service charge?

Waste Service charges are reviewed and increased annually, in line with the actual cost of providing these services to our community.

These were two significant factors in the $44 Waste Service charge increase this year. The Waste contracts were renewed during the year and came with increased costs, along with the increased level of services provided during the summer time, such as public litter collection.

Why am I paying the waste service charge? I don’t produce waste?

Waste services, whether in the street or home, benefit everyone in the community. As such the waste service levy is placed against all rateable properties on the Peninsula.

How are my rates calculated?

Council rates are a property-based Tax. Average rate is increased by the rate cap (2.5% for 2019/20) as set by the Minister. They are apportioned across all ratepayers using the Capital Improved Value (CIV) for each property, to determine the share of Overall Rates payable against each rateable property (applied via a unit rate per Dollar ($) of valuation).

Learn more at How are my Rates Calculated.

Why is my Capital Improved Value so high? What does my CIV mean for my Annual Rates charge?

On your rates notice you’ll observe both a ‘Site Value’ Amount in dollars ($), and a Capital Improved Value (CIV) in dollars ($).

The CIV amount is the TOTAL valuation of the house and land (i.e. we do not add both figures together to calculate the overall valuation).

The property valuation is a relative measure. This means all properties, except those where significant capital improvement has been undertaken in the last 12 months (i.e. new housing development), will be apportioned a similar rateable charge to each other, as has occurred in previous years.

How is the Fire Service Levy calculated?

The Fire Service Levy is payable against all land in Victoria, unless it is exempt. Exempt properties include land such as Commonwealth-owned land and some State Government land. There is a formula set by the state government for calculating the Fire Services levy. This is based on the Australian Valuation Property Classification Codes (AVPCC) attributable to your property, and a set unit formula.

The AVPCC is a unique identifier defined by the state government, representing how you use your land, in conjunction with the overall valuation or CIV, and determines the actual amount payable per property.

Learn more about the Fire Service Levy.

How can I pay my rates?

Learn more about different methods for paying your rates on our Rate payments and Rates Notices page.