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.

There has been a larger than average increase this year due to China’s restrictions on the importation of unsorted, dirty or contaminated plastics and mixed paper and cardboard.

With the Chinese Government tightening regulations on contaminated materials, the quantity of recyclable waste Australia can ship to China has been dramatically reduced.

This single decision has been the largest significant contributing factor in the increase to the annual Waste Services charge this year.

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 (2.25% for 2018/19) 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.

The 2018/2019 Annual Rate & Valuation Notice has incorrect cents in the dollar figures printed for the Fire Service Levy (FSL), however the calculation of the Fire Services Levy on your rates notice is correct and based on the correct figures.

For your reference, the correct cents in the dollar figures amounts for the 2018/2019 Fires Services Levy are:

  • Residential: $0.0058
  • Commercial: $0.0691
  • Industrial: $0.1037
  • Primary Production: $0.0164

We apologise for any incovenience.

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.