Rates and charges underpin the funding of local governments and their many important services and infrastructure in Victoria.  Over $5 billion will be raised in rates in 2018-19.

The Victorian Government is committed to the financial sustainability of councils and ensuring that the burden of rates falls fairly amongst all ratepayers.

In response to the Parliament of Victoria’s Inquiry in to the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils the Government has commenced an inquiry into the local government rating system to identify changes that will improve its fairness and equity.

The Minister for Local Government has appointed a Panel to lead the Victorian Local Government Rating System Review. The Panel members are:  

  • Dr Kathy Alexander (Chair) - a former South Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, former CEO of the City of Melbourne and experienced board member and Chair in public, not for profit and private for profit organisations.
  • Mr John Tanner AM - previously Commissioner of the Shire of Delatite, Administrator for Brimbank City Council and Commissioner of the Inquiry into Ararat Rural City Council.
  • Dr Ron Ben-David - former Chairperson of the Essential Services Commission with expertise in regulatory frameworks for essential services across Victoria in water, gas, electricity, taxi, freight and local government.

The review will conclude in March 2020, when the Panel provides their recommendations to the Minister.  

Rating Review Terms of Reference (PDF)
Rating Review Terms of Reference (MS Word)

The consultation for the Local Government Rating System Review will commence later in the year with opportunities for public engagement discussion and submissions.  Information on the current local government rating system is provided here.

For any inquiries to the Review please contact the Review Secretariat at: rating.review@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 12/06/19