Your Rates in 2017/2018

For 2017/2018 Brimbank City Council, like all Local Governments across Victoria, had to work within the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.

For 2017/2018, the rate cap has been set at 2 per cent.

This means that the overall amount Council will collect from rates will increase by 2 per cent.

But there are a number of things that influence the total rates you’ll pay.

How am I affected by the State Government's 2 per cent rate cap?

The Minister for Local Government sets the annual rate cap. We must implement it. The Essential Services Commission monitors this.

Your property and its value

Your property’s value will probably have changed in the last two years.

A change in your rates depends on a change in your property’s value compared to changes in value of other Brimbank properties.

Who revalues my property? And how often?

Independent valuers conduct revaluations on all Victorian properties. It's done every two years. The State Government Valuer General oversees this process.

The 2016 valuation is your property’s value at 1 January 2016. It came into effect for rating purposes from 1 July 2016. This valuation is used for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 rate charges.

How are property valuations determined?

They’re based on

  • Land size;
  • Property attributes (including floor size, number of rooms, building materials etc.);
  • Location;
  • Recent sales data; and
  • Records of renovations and building improvements.

If your property’s value has increased by a greater percentage than others in Brimbank, you’ll pay more of the combined general rates total.

If your property’s value has increased by a lesser percentage than others in Brimbank, you'll pay a smaller percentage of the combined general rates total.

What are the other charges on my rates notice?

All ratepayers may need to pay the following annual charges:

Municipal Charge

This charge ensures all ratepayers pay an equal amount toward Council’s administrative costs.

The municipal charge has risen 2 per cent, from $71.55 in 2016/2017 to $72.98 in 2017/2018.

Environmental Charge

This applies to residential properties and incorporates the cost for

  • weekly rubbish collection;
  • fortnightly recycling collection;
  • annual hard waste program; and
  • the State Government landfill levy.

For 2017/2018, the Environmental Charge has risen 3.09 per cent. This charge is exempt from the rate cap.

State Government Charges

Landfill Levy

The Landfill Levy is a part of your Environmental Charge. Landfill levies are paid on waste disposed that goes to licensed landfills in the state.

The State Government administers the levy funds. It's used for environment protection activities such as

  • the promotion of the sustainable use of resources; and
  • best practices in waste management.

All landfill levies are paid into the Environment Protection Fund and the money is distributed in accordance with the Environment Protection (Distribution of Landfill Levy) Regulations 2010.

Fire Services Property Levy

We also have to collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the State Government.

This levy is not a Council charge even though it's on your rates notice. It's not subject to the rate cap.

The State Government introduced the Fire Services Property Levy in 2012 to replace the levy that was charged by insurance companies on individual home insurance premiums.