Council rates

How do land values affect your council rates?

Land values help councils calculate and distribute rates.

Your council will calculate rates based on your property’s land value, either:

  • alone (but sometimes subject to a minimum amount), or
  • combined with a fixed amount.

If your land value increases, it doesn’t necessarily mean your rates will rise as they depend on:

  • your council’s rating structure
  • limits to increases set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

To learn more, please contact your council.

How often do we supply values for rating?

The Valuer General gives councils new land values at least every three years.

The following schedule shows when the Valuer General determines land values and when councils start using them for rating (a year later). Most councils will use 1 July 2016 land values for rating until July 2020.

Council 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Most o o o
Muswellbrook SC o o o
Mid-Western RC o   o o

As at 1 July

= Valuer General determines land values

o = councils first use land values for rating

You can find the valuation schedule for 1 July 2011-2015 here (PDF 630.0 KB).

Can you see your land value before your rates are set?

The Valuer General will send you a Notice of Valuation when your council receives new values.

The Notice gives you the chance to consider your land value before your council sets your rates.

Councils will use 1 July 2019 land values for rating from 1 July 2020. You can find the mailing schedule for 1 July 2019 Notices of Valuation here

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