Municipal property valuations are governed by the Valuation of Land Act 1960 and are conducted every two years. Ratepayers have a right to object to the valuation of their property but must lodge their objection within two (2) months of receiving their rates notice.
Once received by Council, your objection is referred to the valuer who will give you an opportunity to discuss your objection.
Appropriate objection forms are available below:
Further information about lodging a valuation objection is available by clicking here(DOCX, 410KB).
Frequently asked rates questions
How are rates calculated?
Rates are calculated according to the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of your property. This is the value of the land plus buildings and any other improvements. Rates are calculated by multiplying the CIV value of your property by a rate in the dollar which council sets in order to fund the budget. For example, if the rate is set at 0.003415 cents in the dollar, and your property is valued at $250,000 then your rates will be:
$250,000 x 0.003415 = $853.75
Who decides the Capital Improved Value (CIV)?
In accordance with the Local Government Act, all properties across the shire are valued every two years by a qualified valuer appointed by the Valuer-General.
The valuer calculates the CIV of a property based on a combination of property sales analysis and rental evidence.
A revaluation redistributes the rates burden among ratepayers and does not result in any additional revenue to Council.
As a result or a revaluation, ratepayers will receive different rate increases dependant on the movement in valuation.
Council adopted a new Rating Strategy in March 2015 which included an expansion of its existing differential rates to include two new categories. These are to be applied to commercial/industrial properties and to vacant developable land. Council’s differential rates as of 1 July 2018 are:
- Rural 1 properties (not less than 40 hectares in area) - 70% of the general rate
- Rural 2 properties (greater than 4 hectares and less than 40 hectares in area) - 99% of the general rate
- Commercial/Industrial properties - 125% of the general rate
- Vacant land (as defined) - 150% of the general rate
Council offers a subdivided vacant land differential rebate. Further information including details of eligibility criteria are available on the application form.(DOCX, 69KB)
If an amendment is made to the valuation to include any changes to the property, additional costs could be payable, for which a supplementary rate notice will be issued.
State Revenue Office
The State Revenue Office uses the site value to assess land tax under the Land Tax Act 1958. Objections to the site value must be made to local councils within the time limits prescribed under the Valuation of Land Act 1960. A taxpayer does not have a right of objection to a council valuation arising from its use for land tax, which occurs at a later time than the use for council rates.
Further information on the use of valuations for land tax can be found by visiting the State Revenue Office website.