How Rates are calculated

The value of your property - in comparison to other properties in Monash - helps determine how much you pay in rates.

To calculate your rates, independent valuers work out the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of your property. The Capital Improved Value of all properties in Victoria is re-assessed every two years, with the most recent valuation occurring in January 2016. Here is more information about:

To determine the amount you pay in rates, your property's CIV is then multiplied by the 'rate in the dollar'. The 'rate in the dollar' is calculated by dividing the total amount Council intends to raise in rate revenue ($115.6 million in 2017/18) by the total value (CIV) of all rateable properties in Monash.

The rate in the dollar for the 2017/18 year is: 0.0015448 (for residential properties) and 0.0020116 (for non-residential properties).

  • Residential example:
    Ms Smith's home was valued at $900,500
    $900,500 (CIV) x 0.0015448 (residential rate in the dollar)
    Rates Bill = $1391.05
  • Non-residential example
    Company x's premises was valued at $900,500
    $900,500 (CIV) x 0.0020116 (non-residential rate in the dollar)
    Rates Bill = $1811.40

On your rates notice, you will also see that you have been charged a Fire Services Property Levy. This is a State Government levy which is used to fund Victoria's fire services. Council has no role to play in the setting of this levy and does not receive any revenue from the collection of this levy.

Differential rates

In 2017/18, Council has applied a different rate in the dollar for residential properties as compared to non-residential properties (e.g. industrial and commercial properties). A different rate in the dollar was also applied in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The difference in rating levels is aimed at fixing an unfair situation whereby residential property owners had been contributing a larger proportion of rate revenue than industrial/commercial ratepayers. This was due to residential properties increasing in value above the value of commercial and industrial properties.

Even with the different rating levels, businesses in Monash are still paying significantly less in rates than businesses in other nearby municipalities.

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Last updated: 26 June 2017