For 2020/2021 Brimbank City Council worked within the rate cap as set by the Minister for Local Government.
For 2020/2021 the rate cap was set so that councils may only increase the overall amount of rates by a maximum of 2 per cent.
Council has instead resolved to apply a 0 per cent increase instead.
A number of factors may result in a change to your rates compared to last year, including:
- A change in your property’s Capital Improved Value;
- Which Differential Rate category your property is in;
- Changes in bin charges;
- The Fire Services Property Levy (collected for the State Revenue Office).
Your property and its value
Your property’s value will probably have changed in the last year.
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?
The Victorian Valuer General (VGV) contracts independent valuers to conduct revaluations on properties every year.
Your property’s valuation is set as at 1 January 2020, and comes into effect from 1 July 2020 for your annual rates and charges notice.
How are property valuations determined?
They’re based on
- Land size;
- Property attributes (including floor size, number of rooms, building materials etc.);
- Recent sales data; and
- Records of renovations and building improvements.
- Watch our Valuations? video
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:
This charge ensures all ratepayers pay an equal amount toward Council’s administrative costs.
The Municipal Charge has not increased from 2019/2020 and remains $76.48 in 2020/2021.
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.
The charges for 2020/2021 are:
- 80ltr garbage bin $240.49
- 140ltr garbage bin $389.11
- 240ltr garbage bin $698.56
These charges are exempt from the rates cap.
State Government Charges
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.