How are my rates calculated?

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General rates are calculated using the valuation of your property and the rating differential rate in the dollar.

All properties are valued annually by independent professional valuers appointed by the Valuer General Victoria

The value is determined by sales of similar properties in the local area. If the property market is experiencing high or low sales, this will be reflected in that year’s valuation.

How are my rates calculated?

Joan owns a residential property in Ballarat Central. Her valuation and rates notice shows her Capital Improved Value (CIV) as $425,000 in 2021-22. Joan’s amount payable would be calculated as:

Residential rate 0.00356664 x $425,000 $1,515.82
Waste management charge 1 x $416.00 $416.00
Green waste services charge 1 x $72.00 $72.00
Fire Services Property Levy (Residential) $114.00 + (0.000059 x $425,000) $139.08
  Total due $2,142.90

The City of Ballarat does not currently levy a municipal charge. A municipal charge is a flat charge that can be used to offset some of the council’s administrative costs.

What are the different types of valuations?

The three valuations are:

  • Site Value (SV): the market value of the land
  • Capital Improved Value (CIV): the total market value of the land and improvements (buildings, fences, swimming pool, etc.)
  • Net Annual Value (NAV): either 5% of the residential CIV or the current value of a commercial or industrial property’s net annual rental

Rates are calculated using the Capital Improved Value of the property. Details of the valuation of your property are on your rate notice.

What happens if I disagree with my rates valuation?

If you disagree with the valuation, you may object. Objections must happen within two months of the date of issue on the notice and must be submitted online.

Objectors must still pay rates by the due date. If you don’t pay your rates by the due date, you may be charged interest on amounts owing.

After receiving an objection, the valuer will discuss the valuation with you. You will be advised of your objection outcome by writing. If an amendment to the valuation is recommended, this must be approved by the Valuer General. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

What are the waste and green waste management service charges?

Your Waste Management and Green Waste Services Charge (if applicable) are shown separately on your rate notice.

The waste management service cost for 2021-22 is $416. 

This includes the weekly collection of landfill and fortnightly collection of recycling and the Victorian Government’s EPA levy

The green waste service cost for 2021-22 is $72.

This includes the fortnightly collection of green waste where the service is provided.

Waste management charges have increased by 14.57% due to the rising costs of waste collection and the Victorian Government’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Levy, which is $71.85 of each waste charge.

Fire Services Property Levy

In 2013-14, the Victorian Government had all local councils made the responsible authority for collecting the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL). This means that all property owners are contributing to the fire authorities, not just those who have household insurance. 

This charge is set by the Victorian Government and is not subject to the rate cap. The money is passed along to the State Revenue Office quarterly. 

Rating differentials

Rate differential

Rate in the dollar on CIV







Rural Residential




Recreational 1*


Recreational 2


*The City of Ballarat has decided to levy a nil rate in the dollar for properties eligible to be rated under the provisions of the Cultural and Recreational Lands Act (1963), i.e. classified as Recreational 1.

Find out more about the criteria for each rate differential in our Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-2025.

If you disagree with your property’s rating classification, you can apply for a reclassification. Application forms are available from our Customer Service centre.

What do my rates pay for?

Download the Your Rates at Work document for all the information about where rate money is utilised across the municipality.

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