Rates are raised each financial year, which means that ratepayers will receive their rates notice each July. The rates that are raised from this contribute towards the cost of maintaining local assets, infrastructure and delivering high-quality services for the community for the coming year. You can find out more about this on our How your rates are spent page.

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 the Valuer-General Victoria. You must lodge an objection within 2 months of the issue date of your valuation and rates notice.

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 2021 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).

Here is an example of how rates and charges are calculated:

Residential rate

0.0013720849 x $1,400,000


Waste management charge

1 x $477.00 (120 litre bin)


Fire Services Property Levy (Residential)

$114.00 + (0.000059 x $1,400,000)


 Total due



Waste management charge

We set this charge to cover the costs of all waste services, including collecting your bins.

This charge also includes the Victorian Government’s landfill levy, which covers the cost of disposing waste into landfill. This levy is increasing significantly. 

The new FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) service has been an important initiative to help our community divert food waste from landfill and is helping to reduce the impact of rising disposal costs. Boroondara Council now diverts more than 70% of waste from landfill, placing Boroondara as one of the top performing municipalities in Victoria for landfill diversion.

Fire Services Property Levy

We collect the Fire Services Property Levy in your rates bill on behalf of the Victorian Government to fund Fire Rescue Victoria and the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
The Fire Services Property Levy is not subject to rate capping and the amount is determined by the Victorian Government. For more information, see Fire Services Property Levy FAQs.

Rate capping

Council has complied with the Victorian Government’s rates cap of 1.5%. 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 management charge.

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