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How rates are calculated

Rate capping is in place to restrict the amount that councils can raise their rates each year. The rate cap is set each year by the Minister for Local Government.

Rate increases have been capped at 3.5% for the 2023/2024 year.

The rate cap applies to the total average rates collected by council on the general rate and municipal charge (if applicable). It does not apply to each property owner’s rates notice.

Rates are based upon the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of each property. Council then uses differential rating to ascertain the rate in the dollar. Differential rating is used to maintain fairness and relative consistency in the distribution of rates between property classes.

The CIV is multiplied by the rate in dollar to total the amount of annual rate raised.

Council also provides rate reductions for Not-For-Profit recreational properties and for commercial properties in Common Occupancy with a residence.

Rate type Rate in the dollar CIV (cents)
General rate 0.00440782 All rateable properties not covered by a specific differential rate.
Residential and Industrial – Swan Hill and Robinvale 0.00458414 All rateable residential & industrial properties within Swan Hill & Robinvale townships serviced with Council provided drainage infrastructure.
Vacant Residential Land – Swan Hill and Robinvale 0.01410503 All rateable residential vacant land within Swan Hill and Robinvale townships with no permanent dwelling established five years after it was last zoned residential, or for three years after it was last sold as a residential allotment – Swan Hill & Robinvale.
Commercial properties within Residential, Business or Industrial zones of the Swan Hill Planning Scheme – Swan Hill or Robinvale 0.00573017 All rateable commercial properties within the Swan Hill & Robinvale townships serviced with Council provided drainage infrastructure.
Farming – Dry land 0.00352626 Farming properties without access to irrigation water infrastructure and primarily used for broadacre/grain/sheep production and allocated an Australian Valuation Property Classification Code of 510, 520, 523, 524 or 530

Special rate

Properties classified as tourism, commercial and industrial in the declared area of the towns of Swan Hill and Lake Boga pay the special rate.

Funds raised through the special rate are used by Swan Hill Incorporated to promote the Swan Hill region as a place to live, work, visit and shop.

Swan Hill Incorporated is governed by a local board and three sub-committees who carry out activities. This includes television and print advertising, shop local campaigns, professional development, business forums, local festivals and events, and promoting the region at consumer trade shows.

The special rate categories are:

Special rate categories Rate in the dollar CIV (cents) Min amount Max amount
Tourism and Hospitality 0.00247814 $50.00 $7,821.98
Commercial 0.00116463 $50.00 $7,821.98
Industrial 0.00040768 $50.00 $391.09

Fire Services Property Levy

Councils are required to collect the levy on behalf of the Victorian Government.

​Under the Fire Services Property Levy, all Victorian property owners will make an annual financial contribution to the state’s fire services through their council rates notices. It replaces the levy previously collected by insurance companies through property insurance premiums.

For more information about the Fire Services Property Levy please visit:
Fire Services Property Levy website

Garbage service charges

Every property with a habitable dwelling in the garbage service collection area must pay a garbage collection charge.

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