How are my rates spent?

Your rates and charges help to fund a range of services plus essential infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, parks and foreshores and sporting facilities.

The level of rates and charges to be applied is reviewed each year as part of the annual budget process. Council’s infrastructure and service funding priorities are determined following extensive community consultation.

A new rating system has applied to Council rates and charges from 1 July 2016, including a rate cap introduced by the State Government in the 2016–17 financial year on general rates, but excluding waste management. 

Council adopted a Rating Strategy for the 2019/20 financial year in June 2019. The 2019/20 Rating Strategy includes the following key changes:

  • An increase in the additional pension rebate from $70 to $120.

These changes became effective on Monday 1 July 2019. Click here to read more about Council's 2019/20 Rating Strategy.