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 in April 2016 following lengthy community consultation, which changed Council’s previous approach in determining how rates and charges are applied. This strategy includes reducing general rates by the amount needed to fund waste management and instead establishes a process for recovering these costs by applying waste charges.

For all services, excluding green and public waste, Council will continue to distribute the cost of services using property valuation (Capital Improved Value or CIV). Under this system, higher valued properties will continue to pay more and lower valued properties will pay less than the average rate increase.

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.