Council's rating strategy determines how local government taxation (rates) is distributed amongst properties within the municipality. It does not influence the total amount of money to be raised; rather it considers the share of revenue contributed by each property.
The rating system comprises the valuation base for each property and the actual rating instruments allowed under the Local Government Act 1989 to calculate property owners' liability for rates. A rating strategy is the method by which Council systematically considers factors of importance in making decisions about the rating system.
The purpose of this strategy is to detail Council's decisions relating to the most equitable, practical and efficient distribution of rates and charges across the ratepayers and community members of Indigo Shire.
It is important to underline that the rating strategy does not change the total amount of Council's rate revenue. The rate strategy is only the allocation method used to fairly and equitably spread the rate burden across the properties in the municipality.
Download the Rating Strategy Policy.
Changing your details
I have changed my mailing address. What do I do?
Please email your details or visit one of our Customer Service Centres.
I have changed my name. What do I do?
To change your name on Council records, please provide a copy of the relevant certificate (birth, marriage, deed poll), confirming your name change and email it through to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit one of our Customer Service Centres.
I now own a property. What do I do?
Normally your legal representative will send a Notice of Acquisition of an Interest in Land detailing the terms of the purchase (or transfer) of your property. The completed form should be lodged within one month of property transfer.
I no longer own a property. What do I do?
Your legal representative will send a Notice of Disposition of an Interest in Land providing the new property owner’s details. It should be noted that liability for payment of rates remains with the owner recorded with Council until the disposition of interest notice is received by Council.
What do you do with my rates information?
Under the Privacy Act, any personal information disclosed to the Indigo Shire Council for the purpose of management of rateable properties and production of municipal voters' rolls, cannot be used for any other purpose. This information will be used solely by Council for that primary purpose or directly related purpose and will not be disclosed to any other party except under legislative requirements.
For further information relating to the Privacy Act please visit www.cpdp.vic.gov.au
Last updated: 14 February 2017