Explaining how your rates are spent

Council rates are the contribution each ratepayer makes towards the cost of maintaining over $3.6 billion of local assets and infrastructure, and delivering high-quality community services.

Boroondara property owners will receive their annual valuation and rate notices from late July until early August 2021. Your rates pay for delivery of Council’s services, asset renewal and capital works.

There are three options for payment of rates: a lump-sum payment, four instalments, or 10 monthly direct debits from your nominated bank account. Payment of rates can be made conveniently and securely online, with all payment methods detailed on the rates notice and on our website. If you opt for one lump sum payment, you’ll be eligible for a 2 per cent discount on the total rates bill, provided payment is made in full, at the reduced amount, by 31 August 2021.

Alternatively, the amount can be paid in full by 15 February 2022, but the discount will not apply.

Where do my rates go?

In the May Boroondara Bulletin we showcased the major projects being funded in this year’s Budget 2021-22. But what else are your rates spent on? Council rates go towards the cost of maintaining our local assets and infrastructure, and delivering high-quality services for the community.

The table below shows how your rates will be allocated in 2021-22, as a proportion of every $100 spent.

For more information, visit our rates page or call 9278 4444.

For every $100 of expenditure, we deliver the following services:

Capital works and
priority projects


Environment and
waste management


Health, aged
and family services


Parks, gardens and
sports grounds


Library, arts and
cultural services


Planning and


Local laws


Roads, footpaths,
safety and drainage


and customer service


Engineering and
traffic management


Rates and
property services


Leisure, recreation
and civic centres*




*Excludes operating expenditure for five externally managed recreation centres. 
 These figures include an allocation of corporate services, governance, risk management, building maintenance and  public lighting across these service areas.