How are my rates spent?

Your rates and charges help to fund a range of services plus essential infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, parks and foreshores and sporting facilities.

The level of rates and charges to be applied is reviewed each year as part of the annual budget process. Council’s infrastructure and service funding priorities are determined following extensive community consultation.

A new rating system has applied to Council rates and charges from 1 July 2016, including a rate cap introduced by the State Government in the 2016–17 financial year on general rates, but excluding waste management. 

Council adopted a Rating Strategy for the 2018–19 financial year in March 2018. The 2018–19 Rating Strategy includes the following key changes:

  • Application of differential rate for residential vacant land properties (125% of the general residential property rate);
  • Application of a fixed charge for kerbside waste collection, rather than a charge based on the capital improved value of a property; and
  • An increase in the additional pension rebate from $40 to $70.

These changes became effective on Sunday 1 July 2018. Click here to read more about Council's 2018–19 Rating Strategy.