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Council rates

The Valuer General supplies land values to councils to use in setting rates. The majority of councils receive new land values for rating every three years.

The regular issue of land values ensures changes in the local property market are reflected in the councils' rates model, helping to ensure fairness and equity for ratepayers.

Fluctuations in land values do not necessarily lead to similar changes in rates. Rates depend on each council's rating structure and the limits to increases set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

How are council rates calculated?

Councils calculate rates in one of three ways:

  • a combination of the land value of the property and a fixed amount per property
  • entirely on the land value of the property
  • entirely on the land value but subject to a minimum amount.

If you want to find out how your rates are calculated you should contact your council. See the Local Government directory to find contact details for your council.

Go to the Local Government Directory

From land value to council rates

When a council receives new land values for rating, the Valuer General provides the landholder with a Notice of Valuation to advise them of the new land value. This ensures the landholder has the opportunity to consider the land value before it is used in the calculation of their rates.

If a landholder disagrees with the land value or property information on their Notice of Valuation they have 60 days to lodge an objection. The last date to object is printed on the Notice of Valuation.

Landholders have a 60 day period to request a review if they disagree with the land value. The last date to request a review is printed on the Notice of Valuation.

Diagram of process for the use of land values for council rating

Process for the use of land values for council rating


Council revaluation schedule (PDF 450.5 KB) sets out when your council will receive new land values for rating.

Supplementary Notices of Valuation are issued outside the usual three year valuation cycle because of changes to your property that are recorded on the Register of Land Values.

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