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Rates notices explained

Definitions and explanation of what you see in your rates notice.

Your property's value including site value (land), buildings and other improvements.

This is calculated by dividing the total rates we need for the financial year by the total value of all rateable properties in Cardinia Shire. 

View rates in the dollar for 2023-24

These include the Victorian Government's Fire Services Property Levy, a levy to fund fire services in Victoria.

Every property with a dwelling pays to have bins collected. This service is compulsory. 

The total cost depends on:

Go to rubbish and recycling charges.

If a concession has been applied to your rates there is a 'stamp' on the front of your annual rates notice. You can apply for a concession discount if you hold a Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card. Go to rates concessions and rebates

Fixed by Victorian Government legislation to be 5 per cent of the CIV for residential and farmland properties. For commercial or industrial properties it is the estimated annual market rent and cannot be less than 5% of the CIV.

We don’t currently use this value to calculate your rates (we use the CIV). Some agencies use this value to calculate their charges.

The SV is the value of the land only. It does not include any improvements (such as buildings).

Your property is given an Australian Valuation Property Classification Code (AVPCC) based on the use of your land.

The code is used to calculate the Fire Services Property Levy amount payable (a Victorian Government charge).

It does not refer to the zoning of the property or how your rates are calculated. 

Find out more about property valuations.

Your rates are calculated differently according to the type of property you own – residential, commercial and industrial, and vacant or unoccupied land etc.

These is the fairest way to determine owners’ rates contributions.

For example, the Urban Residential rate is a higher rate in the dollar than urban fam land. This reflects the greater number of services and facilities in the area, and the higher cost of providing them.

Find out how your rates are calculated.