Your Rates in 2016/2017 - rate capping and revaluation

Rate Capping Explained

For 2017/2018 Brimbank City Council like all Local Governments across Victoria, was required 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.

There are however a number of factors that influence the total rates you’ll pay.

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

We’re now required to implement the annual rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government, which is monitored by the Essential Services Commission.

Your property and its value

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

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 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 maintained and 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 lessor percentage than others in Brimbank, you will pay a smaller percentage of the combined general rates total.

What are the other charges on my rates notice?

In addition to the rates amount, all ratepayers may be required to pay the following annual charges:

Municipal Charge

This contribution 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

Your rates notice also includes an Environmental Charge - this charge is exempt from the rate cap.

This is applied 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.

State Government Charges

Landfill Levy

The Landfill Levy is a part of your Environmental Charge. Landfill levies are paid on waste disposed of at 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’re also have to collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the State Government. Although it's on your rates notice, the levy is not a Council charge and is not subject to the rate cap.

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