Types of Rates
Some rates and charges apply to specific services, while others are used to fund other Council responsibilities.
Please note all Local Government rates are GST exempt.
General Rate and Charge
Levied to fund a range of Council services such as roads, storm water, planning, and recreation. This rate is applied to all properties in the municipal area other than those which are specifically exempted by statute.
Waste Management Charge
A flat charge that funds the weekly garbage and recycling collection service. If you would like to change the size of your wheelie bin or request an additional service please call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000. Please note a fee may apply.
State Government Waste Levy (Offset)
A service charge for waste management services to offset a levy payable by the Council to the State Government under the Waste and Resource Recovery Act 2022 (a Waste Management Levy Offset Service Charge) is applied in respect of all land to which a waste management service charge is applicable totalling $10.50 for 2023/24. This service charge was introduced from 1 July 2022 in order to reimburse Council for the new State Government Waste Levy incurred for landfill which was introduced as a disincentive to sending waste to landfill, with money collected by the State Government through the Levy to be reinvested in improving local recycling, composting and resource recovery services, facilities and infrastructure.
State Fire Service Rate
Levied on behalf of the State Government to contribute toward funding the Fire Commission and is applied to various fire districts.
CBD Promotional Rate
Levied to fund promotional activities within the Central Business District (CBD). This rate applies to properties within a defined area in the centre of the city.