Council maintains a system of differential rating, with different rates in the dollar applied to each different type of property. The actual rate is calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of a property by the cents in the dollar applicable to that property, as detailed above.

Rating categories for the 2018/19 year are:

Type Cents in $ on CIV
Vacant Land - Rural /Residential - Less than 2 Ha 1.3530
Vacant Land - Other (except Farmland) 1.0147
Houses, Flats etc 0.4228
Commercial (including shops, offices and factories) 0.4228
Industrial 0.4228
Farms (all types) 0.3382
Cultural & Recreational Land Act Properties * 0.2114

* Properties that are classified as Cultural & Recreational Land have been granted a 50% rebate on the cents on the General Rate, as above.

Council does not currently levy a Municipal Charge.

Rates can be paid annually by a lump sum or by instalments. If paying in full, payment must be received by 15th February. Ratepayers wishing to pay by instalments need to have the first instalment paid by 30th September. If not, all monies become due by 15th February.


The option to pay by instalments is only exercisable prior to the due date for payment of the first instalment.

For those paying their rates by instalments, the due dates are:

1st Instalment - 30th September
2nd Instalment - 30th November
3rd Instalment - 28th February
4th Instalment - 31st May

Unpaid rates will incur interest at 10.0%.


The Council Rate Notice also serves the purpose of a Valuation Notice. Ratepayers have the right under Section 37 of the Valuation of Land Act 1960 to object to the valuation applied to their property on a number of specific grounds.

Objections must be lodged on the prescribed form within 2 months of the issue of the rate notice. If you require assistance with the objection process, or wish to request an Application Form please contact our Rates Department on (03) 5349 1100.