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About Council Rates

  Rates cover the financial year from 1 July to 30 June and are generally issued by mid August. GST is not applicable to Council rates.


How are rates calculated?

Rates are based on the capital improved value (CIV) of each property calculated by the rate in the dollar (set annually by Council) together with a base component being the Municipal Charge.


Council currently uses a differential rating system. This means there is a different rate in the dollar assessed for each different property type or category. Information on Council's differential rate definitions, objectives and rates can be located in "Appendix B : Statutory Disclosures" section of the Annual Budget. Below are details of the rating structure for the 2016-2017 rating period.


General Rate

0.00385926 rate in the dollar;
plus $277.78 municipal charge;
plus $338.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $293.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).


Farm Rate

0.00347333 rate in the dollar;
plus $277.78 municipal charge (unless exempt);

plus $338.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $293.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).


Commercial/Industrial Rate

0.00559593 rate in the dollar;
plus $277.78 municipal charge.
Waste Service is not available to commercial/ industrial properties.


Other Waste Service Charges (where applicable);

Rural Waste Charge - $208.00
Holiday Homes only - 240Ltr general waste with recycling and green waste - $410.00
                                   240Ltr general waste with recycling - $365.00


Council uses revenue from rates to fund services within the shire. The annual Council Budget sets a rate-in-the-dollar value, which is multiplied by the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of your property to determine your rates.


For details of differential rates please refer to pages 76 to 78  EGSC 2016/2017 Budget


File downloads and related links

 Rates - General FAQ   
 Explanation of Municipal Charge


Pensioner concessions

Eligible pensioners are entitled to a range of concessions on their rates for their principal place of residence (including farm properties).

Available concessions are:

  • Council concession of $54.68
  • Victorian Government concession up to $218.30
  • Fire Services Property Levy concession of $50.00.

You must hold a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card showing War Widow or TPI.

Contact us for an application form if you think you may be eligible for a concession.

To see if your eligible for a Municipal Rates Concession please visit the Department of Human Services website at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/financial-support/concessions 


Fire Services Property Levy

This levy is applied to all properties and collected by councils. This was a key recommendation of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.


Council collects the levy through the rates notice and passes all monies on to the Victorian Government. The Victorian Government also sets the pricing of the levy.  


More information on the Levy is available at www.firelevy.vic.gov.au.  
Fire Services Property Levy FAQ









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