How rates and charges are calculated
Two components make up your rate bill:
The Council determines the rate in the dollar for the coming year as part of the budget process.
General rates are calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Value of the property by the rate percentage.
An example of the calculation for a property worth $350,000 would be:
|Capital Improved Value
A fixed charge applies for the collection and disposal of waste from properties. You can view information on waste charges by clicking on the link on this page.
Fire Services Property Levy
What is it?
The Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) funds vital services provided by the Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade. These services protect Victorians twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This includes personnel, training, infrastructure and equipment.
Why is this changing?
Prior to 1 July 2013, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority were funded by a Fire Services Levy that insurance companies applied to building and contents insurance premiums.
Under the insurance-based system, everyone received assistance from the State’s fire services, but not everyone contributed to funding the services, and some people contributed more than their fair share, GST and stamp duty were added to this Fire Services Levy, creating a ‘tax on a tax on a tax’
The Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission found that the insurance-based levy was unfair and lacking transparency. It recommended replacing the insurance-based levy with a property-based levy to ensure every Victorian property owner contributes a fair share.
To find out more about this levy, please visit the Fire Services Property Levy website
Multiple Rate Notices
Because we are required to separately rate each part of a property that is able to be separately occupied, you may receive more than one rate notice for a single property.
Granny Flats, Bed and Breakfasts, Farm Managers houses, Retirement Village units and shopping centres are all examples of properties that will receive more than one rate notice.
In some cases the second occupancy is built on the proviso that it must be removed from the property at the time the person/s it was built for no longer lives in that unit. This unit's value will still be rated as valuations are used as a mechanism to apply the appropriate level of rates based on the conditions that currently exist.
For more information on Granny Flats (Dependant Persons Unit) please click on the link on this page to view our planning advice note.
For more information contact us on 1300 368 333 or email us