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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 the Valuer-General Victoria. You must lodge an objection within 2 months of the issue date of your valuation and rate 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 2020 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

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 will increase from January 2021.

As a result of the new FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) collection service being introduced, our community is diverting food waste away from landfill and helping to save costs despite this levy increase.

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.

The Fire Services Levy is not subject to rate capping and the amount is determined by the Victorian Government. It has been frozen this financial year to assist those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, see Fire Services Property Levy FAQs.

Rate capping

Council has complied with the Victorian Government’s rates cap of 2 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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