For 2019/2020 Brimbank City Council, like all Local Governments across Victoria, had to work within the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.
For 2019/2020, the rate cap has been set at 2.50 per cent.
This means that the overall amount Council will collect from rates will increase by 2.50 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 2.50 per cent rate cap?
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?
Independent valuers conduct revaluations on all Victorian properties. It's done every year. However, from 2018/2019 valuations will take place every year. The State Government Valuer General oversees this process.
The 2019 valuation is your property’s value at 1 January 2019. It came into effect for rating purposes from 1 July 2019. This valuation is used for 2019/2020 rate charges.
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 risen 2.50 per cent, from $74.62 in 2018/2019 to $76.48 in 2019/2020.
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 2019/2020, the Environmental Charges on all bin sizes have not changed. This charge is exempt from the rate 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.