Council is required to levy an Ordinary Rate for each year on all rateable land in its area. To do this Council must categorise, for rating purposes only, each assessment as one of: Residential, Business, Farmland or Mining.
The determination of what category each assessment belongs to is made by looking at its dominant use or in the case of vacant land by its dominant permitted use. Council acknowledges that differing levels of services are provided in different areas and therefore sets different rates for areas defined as towns, villages and rural.
For assessments in the Residential and Farmland categories, the Ordinary Rate is made up of two parts.
Part One is a Base Amount that is the same for all areas.
Part Two depends upon the Land Value and in which area the assessment is situated.
Farmland is categorised on specific criteria. It must be valued as one assessment, the farming enterprise must be a business, it must have a significant and substantial commercial purpose or character, and it must be organised for profit on a continuous or repetitive basis.
A hobby farm rated or assessed as such is not farmland. Your rating category is shown on your Rates & Charges Notice. Properties are categorised as Business if they cannot be categorised as either farmland or residential and business properties are subject to a minimum rate.
A map identifying “town areas” for the purpose of residential and business categorisations is available for viewing on request.
For assessments in the Business category, the calculation is based on the Land Value.
The Ordinary Rate is calculated from land valuations provided to Council by the Valuer General every three to four years.