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The amount you pay for your rates depends on the value of your property.  

The Valuer-General Victoria is now responsible for all valuations and provides an annual valuation of your property to Council. This is required by state legislation and allows us to determine the rates and charges for individual properties. 

This valuation doesn't increase or decrease revenue for Council, but is used to make sure that rates' amounts remain fair over time and reflect property values.

It is important to note that a decrease in your property valuation will not necessarily result in a decrease in your rates bill. 

For more information, please see the DEWLP website.

Objecting to a valuation

If you wish to object to the Valuer-General Victoria’s valuation of your property, you can lodge an objection with Council’s Revenue and Property Services unit. You must lodge an objection within 2 months of the issue date of your rates notice.

Please lodge your objection via email to [email protected]. We will then forward it to the Valuer-General Victoria for their review. 

How rates are calculated

Rates are calculated based on Capital Improved Value (CIV), which is the total market value of the land, buildings and other improvements. The latest CIV was adopted in 2019 and applies to all properties in Boroondara.

There are 3 steps to calculating rates:

  1. determine the required rate revenue for Council operations
    (the required rate revenue required expenditure minus other revenue)
  2. determine a rate in the dollar
    (rate in the dollar required rate revenue ÷ by total rateable property valuations)
  3. apply the rate in the dollar to an individual property valuation to determine a property’s rate bill.
    (Property rate bill = rate in the dollar × individual property CIV)

Waste services charge

This charge covers the costs of waste services, including collecting your bins.

As outlined in Council’s 2019-20 Budget, we will introduce a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste service in 2020 as part our commitment to removing food waste from landfill. Due to the significant implementation costs of FOGO, waste charges will increase by 16.3 per cent for 1 year to allow Council to deliver this new service. 

The waste services charge also includes the Victorian Government’s landfill levy, which pays for the cost of disposing waste into landfill. 

The 2019-20 levy has increased by 2.48 per cent to $65.90 per tonne. The 2018-19 levy is predicted to have cost ratepayers in the City of Boroondara more than $2.5 million. 

Fire Services Property levy

We collect the Fire Services Property Levy in your rates bill on behalf of the Victorian Government to fund the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority.

The Fire Services Levy is not subject to rate capping and the amount is determined by the Victorian Government.

For more information, see the State Revenue Office's website.

Rate capping

Council has complied with the Victorian Government’s rates cap of 2.5 per cent. The cap applies to the average annual increase of rates and charges. Your rate notice may also include rates and charges not covered by the Victorian Government’s rate cap, such as the waste service charge.

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