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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.  The 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 2015-16 rating period.


General Rate

0.003837845 rate in the dollar;
plus $271.00 municipal charge;
plus $325.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $282.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).


Farm Rate

0.003454061 rate in the dollar;
plus $271 municipal charge (unless exempt);

plus $325.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $282.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).


Commercial/Industrial Rate

0.005564876 rate in the dollar;
plus $271.00 municipal charge.
Waste Service is not available to commercial/ industrial properties.


Other Waste Service Charges (where applicable);

Rural Waste Charge - $200.00
Holiday Homes only - 240Ltr general waste with recycling and green waste - $394.00
                                240Ltr general waste with recycling - $351.00


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.


What do I get for my rates?

Your rates help to fund a wide range of services including libraries, community centres, kindergartens, school crossings, playgrounds, sports grounds, skate parks, health programs, immunisations, recreation centres, swimming pools, public toilets, animal control, mosquito control, planning and building, the Livestock Exchange, aerodromes, boat ramps, jetties, marinas, roads, bridges, footpaths, street lighting, the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, grants to the community, food safety, waste collection and management, events, festivals, tourism promotion, and Meals on Wheels.


The Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL)

From 1 July 2013, the Fire Services Levy was removed from insurance premiums and replaced by a property-based levy collected with council rates known as the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL).  The introduction of the property based levy in place of the previous insurance based levy was a key recommendation of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, and Councils have been mandated to collect the levy on behalf of the State Government.  Victorian Councils are the collection agency only and all monies collected through this process are passed on directly to the State Government.  

More information on the Levy is available at www.firelevy.vic.gov.au.  

Council have also created an information booklet to assist you in understanding the Levy:

"The Fire Services Property Levy At A Glance"


Fire Services Property Levy








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