Your rates and property
Rates are contributions made by almost every property in the Borough of Queenscliffe to the upkeep of infrastructure and services in our community.
Council collects these contributions and invests them in things like roads, library services, and public parks. When you visit a playground, walk along the footpath or receive a visit from one of our community care workers, you’re seeing your contribution at work.
How rates are calculated
Changes in property values do not affect the total amount of rates collected each year. The total amount of rates collected each year only rises by a small amount to keep up with inflation and rising costs. Each property in the Borough contributes a percentage of this total amount. The percentage each property contributes depends on the property’s value, as assessed by the Victorian Government.
A property that increases in value a lot more than other properties will contribute more. A property that doesn’t increase as much as other properties may end up contributing less. Either way, most properties will only see a small change in contributions each year.
The Borough of Queenscliffe also provides some discounts on rates. Pensioners in the Borough receive one of Victoria’s highest discounts on their rates, and will receive an even larger discount this year.
How your contribution helps our community
Council invests everyone’s rate contributions back into the community in a variety of ways. Upgrades and repairs to buildings, town beautification, environmental and waste management, tourism, and aged care are just some of the projects that draw their funds directly from your contributions.
The graph below shows approximately how much of your contribution goes to different projects around the Borough of Queenscliffe. Because of your contribution, we’re investing in the future and taking care of the people and places we love.
How Queenscliffe’s rates compare
For almost all ratepayers, your total rates contribution in Queenscliffe is smaller than you would pay for a property of the same value in any of our neighbouring G21 councils.
For the median Queenscliffe property value, ratepayers in City of Greater Geelong would pay more than 11% more, and ratepayers in Colac-Otway would pay more than 87% more!
The Borough of Queenscliffe is committed to ensuring we run a sustainable council that takes care of our community, without putting too much pressure on ratepayers.
Changes in 2019/20
- The Borough of Queenscliffe has increased its pensioner rebate to $120, making it one of the highest pensioner rebates in Victoria.
- The Victorian Government will now revalue your property annually. This means your rates contribution might change every year, rather than everytwo years.
- Council is investing more in environmental programs and community engagement, and has found ways to save money on caravan parks.
Different kinds of properties contribute different amounts of rates. This is because some properties, like commercial and tourist accommodation properties, generate income that is supported by local government services. The differential rate contributes to the extra cost of these services.
More than 80% of properties in the Borough contribute the standard residential rate. Others make additional contributions.
Council’s differential rates for 2019/20 are:
- Residential 100%
- Residential vacant land 125%
- Commercial 130%
- Tourist accommodation 110%
Click here to learn more about differential rates.
Other funding sources
Rates aren’t the only way new infrastructure and services are funded. Government grants, user fees (like caravan park fees) and other income is combined with rate contributions to form Council’s budget each year.
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 email@example.com.
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.