Increased property values do not increase the total amount of money a council collects in rates, it redistributes the amount of rates between individual properties. Some ratepayers will pay more and some will pay less, depending on the new value of their property relative to other properties in East Gippsland.
Victorian properties are valued each year at 1 January by the Valuer-General Victoria, and are largely influenced by property sales and rentals in the area.
The last valuation date was 1 January 2023.
Those valuations were used in the calculation of the 2023-24 rates.
More information on centralised annualised valuations is available on the Valuer General website.
Rating valuations This reflects the total rating valuation of the property, including the land value and all improvements.
This 'fair market value' reflects the total value of the property, including all land and buildings. This is called the Capital Improved Value.
We use the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of a property as the basis for rating.
This reflects the total rating valuation of the property, including all improvements.
Examples of improvements include, but are not limited to:
We use the CIV to calculate your rates and the variable portion of the Fire Services Property Levy.
This is the value of the land in its natural state. It is used by the State Revenue Office to calculate land tax.
Estimated value if you rented out a commercial or industrial property. We do not use this information, but it needs to be shown on the rates notice as a Local Government Act 1989 requirement.
No, rating valuations do not reflect today's current market conditions.
Rating valuations only reflect market conditions on 1 January each year.
Due to market movement from the valuation date, market conditions can vastly change.
Rating valuations are established at a set date in time as directed by legislation, so it’s important to be aware that the valuations do not move or roll with the current market conditions today.
Rating valuations are not the same as a:
The Valuer General Victoria provides the valuations to Council each year for the purposes of calculating rates. If you do not agree with your property’s valuation you have a right to put in an objection.
There are a number of specific grounds on which you can object, for example: you think the valuation is too high/low or the incorrect Australian Valuation Property Classification Code (AVPCC) has been applied.
You have two months to object
Objections must be lodged within two months from the date of issue shown on your valuation and rate notice. You will need to provide details of why you consider the valuation is incorrect.
You can lodge your valuation objection directly to the Valuer General Victoria.
If you prefer, you can lodge an objection in writing. You will need to contact us for an objection form and ensure that it is completed and returned to us within the two-month timeframe.
Yes. Even if you have lodged an objection to a valuation you must still pay rates by the due date.
If you do not pay your rates, interest may be charged. You may also receive other costs relating to debt recovery and legal costs.
In certain circumstances, a property valuation may be conducted outside the usual schedule. Known as supplementary valuations, they are required when properties are:
Depending on what has changed about the property, supplementary rates may see a decrease or increase in the value of the property and the rates you need to pay.
Values are assessed at the prescribed date of the general valuation currently in use.
A supplementary valuation notice will state the revised valuations and subsequent rate adjustments.