Your rates and property

The Borough of Queenscliffe Council is committed to minimising rate increases; however, rates account for the largest portion of Council's revenue-raising capabilities.

Rates explained

Your rates are a general purpose levy which helps fund services within the Borough of Queenscliffe plus essential infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, parks and foreshores and sporting facilities. Rates are reviewed each year as part of the annual budget process.

We determine our funding priorities following extensive consultation with the community.

Method of Calculation

The Borough of Queenscliffe, like many other Councils, have chosen the Capital Improved Value (CIV) for the calculation of rates. The date of valuation is assessed as at 1 January 2018.

The formula for calculating general rates, excluding any additional charges or arrears, is:

  • General Rates = Valuation (CIV) x Rate in the dollar (differential)

For details of your property's valuation and how your rates are calculated please refer to your rate notice.

Rating Strategy

We have developed a comprehensive Rating Strategy that determines how rates income will be derived.  The Rating Strategy adopted by Council on 1 March 2018 can be read here.

Rates are calculated based on property valuations in accordance with our Rating Strategy and the Local Government Act 1989.

Differential rates

We apply different rates in the dollar for different land uses.  We have adopted the use of CIV (Capital Improved Value) to calculate rates which allows us to apply differential rates.  We now have several different rates to best reflect the rate contribution required from the different property groups:

2018–19 differential rates are as follows:

  • Residential rate in the dollar = 0.00222737
  • Vacant land rate in the dollar = 0.00278421
  • Commercial rate in the dollar = 0.00289558
  • Tourist Accommodation rate in the dollar = 0.00245011
  • Cultural and Recreational rate in the dollar = 0.00055684

Change of ownership or billing address

Council must be notified in writing of changes of address, ownership or occupancy. Please complete a Change of Address Form and forward it to our friendly Customer Service team in person, via post or email to

The changes must be signed by all parties to the property.

Liability for unpaid rates remains with the owner recorded with the Council until a Notice of Disposition (Transferor) and Notice of Acquisition (Transferee) are received from the transferor's and the transferee's solicitors.

Failure to submit a notice within 28 days carries a penalty of $1,000.