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Why do you pay rates?

Wodonga Council collects rates to provide a wide range of services and to deliver important building projects and services that our growing community needs now and into the future.

Each year, your rates are used to provide essential services, including:

  • Emergency management services such as response and recovery;
  • Transport and infrastructure services such as roads, footpaths and cycle paths;
  • Planning and building services such as land use planning, economic development and environmental conservation;
  • Environment services such as sustainability and natural resource management;
  • Health services such as immunisation sessions and food regulations; and,
  • Social and community services such as disability support and early childhood services like preschools and maternal and child health.

How does the council calculate rates and charges?

Your rating valuations are displayed on your council rates notices, just below the property details.

Please refer to the understanding your rates notice document for further details regarding information on your rates notice.

To calculate the ordinary rates to be paid for each property, the council uses the following method:

  • Valuation × rate in the dollar = rates charge
What is a valuation?

A valuation is an assessment of the market value of a property, at a specific date and in accordance with relevant legislation and legal precedent. All councils are required to have all properties valued. The most recent valuation is effective from January 1, 2018. The valuation is listed on the rates and valuation notice.

Values are set every two years by the council's contracted property valuers, not by council staff, and are requirements of the Valuation of Land Act 1960.

Only qualified valuers from the Valuer-General Victoria (VGV) that hold recognised tertiary qualifications and with the required practical experience, can perform municipal valuations.

Definitions of some of the key valuation terminology

  • Capital Improved Value – the value of all land, buildings and improvements on a property
  • Site value – the value of the land only
  • Net annual value – the expected annual rental return (CIV divided by 20)
  • Objection forms are provided by the VGV for residential, commercial/industrial and rural should you wish to lodge an objection.

If you disagree with the rating valuations or the AVPCC (Australian Valuation Property Classification Code) as shown on your rate notice (or on other grounds as specified in the Valuation of Land Act 1960), you may lodge an objection.

Objections must be lodged within two months of the date of notice as shown on your annual rate notice or supplementary valuation notice, and should be submitted on the prescribed form. Please note that the land use classification as shown on your rate notice is determined under the provisions of the Fire Services Property Levy Act 2012. The land use classification allocated to a property for levy purposes is a non-reviewable decision:in other words, you may object to the AVPCC as shown on your rate notice, but not to the land use classification.

For further explanation of what the AVPCC on your rates notice means, you may download a list of the current AVPCCs.

These forms need to be returned to us in person in Hovell St or posted to:

  • Wodonga Council,
    PO Box 923,
    Wodonga, VIC 3689
Domestic waste charges

Waste management services provided by the council include general waste, recycling and green waste collection.

Approximately half the charge is allocated against all households and businesses for the provision of community waste services for example street bins and operation of the Waste Transfer Station.

The remainder covers the contract costs for the collection of the bins.

The properties that are subject to a residential or rural garbage and recycle collection will have the two transfer station vouchers as a cut-off section on the notice.

Ratepayers please ensure these vouchers are kept in a safe place until there is a need to use them. The two vouchers will have the rate assessment number as a barcode on them for monitoring purposes.

All other properties will be issued with a notice without the vouchers.

Fire Property Services Levy

Wodonga Council ratepayers will receive their rates notices which will now include the Fire Services Property Levy, collected by the council on behalf of the State Government.

Following a recommendation from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission the Fire Services Levy will be removed from insurance premiums from July 1, 2013 and instead collected with council rates. All funds collected by councils go to supporting Victoria’s fire services.

Have your rates notice delivered to your inbox

You can now register to receive electronic notices direct to your email address with e-notices.

It’s easy to register, you’ll just need to have your rates notice handy when signing up.

If you are a new owner, you will not be able to set up for eNotices until you have received at least one hard copy rate notice.

If you have multiple properties with the same name and address, the other properties will be automatically added to your account.

Register online now