General information about rates

What are the rates for 2016/17?

The rate differentials for 2016/17 are:

 Category      Current rate ratio
 Residential  1.00
 Residential Vacant  2.00
 Rural 1  0.75 (for land >40ha)
 Rural 2  0.90
 Commercial / Industrial  1.35


What is a Municipal Charge?

The Local Government Act allows Council to declare a Municipal Charge on properties to cover some of the administrative costs of the Council. Indigo Shire has applied this charge to all rateable properties. An exemption from this charge may be granted where the following criteria is met:

  • property is rateable land
  • property must be used primarily for farm purposes
  • property must be greater than 2ha
  • property must be part of a single farm enterprise
  • same person or people are the ratepayers for all the properties within the single farm enterprise
  • ratepayer is not a body corporate
  • property does not have a principal place of residence constructed on it (ie a house).

To find out more about an exemption, please contact the Rates Department on 03 5728 8000.


What is the Environmental Management Contribution?

Council declared in 1998-99 that all rateable properties were to contribute towards the maintenance of waste management within our Shire. Exemption may be applied only if the property qualifies for a municipal exemption. This charge is not a garbage or recycling collection charge.

If you require further information regarding this charge or wish to apply for an exemption, please contact the Rates Department on 1300 365 003 or 03 5728 8000.


Why have my rates gone up?

Your rates may have gone up for several reasons. You may have made some improvements to your property such as building a shed or garage. Your land may have been rated as vacant land previously and been revalued following the completion of a dwelling. Or you may find that due to an increase in services such as the addition of garbage and recycle collection, your new rates notice has increased on last year's amount. Or there may have been a revaluation of your property. Whatever the case may be, if you need assistance in understanding the charges on your rates notice, or need more explanation as to why there has been an increase, our Rates Department is more than happy to answer your queries (1300 356 003 or 03 5728 8000).


Pensioner rate rebate

If you have a Pensioner Concession Card, you may be eligible for a rebate on your rates. Applications must be made by 30 June each year.

Application forms are available at our Customer Service Centres Beechworth, Yackandandah, Rutherglen and Chiltern. Or you can contact our Rates Department on 1300 365 003 or 03 5728 8000.


What do you do with my rate 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.

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Financial Hardship Policy

Indigo Shire Council seeks to provide flexible financial arrangements for rate payers experiencing temporary and genuine financial hardship.

If you would like more information please contact our Rates Department on 1300 365 003 or 03 5728 8000 or email

For further information relating to financial hardship you can download Council's Financial Hardship Policy here


For more information in relation to Council's rates you can download Council's Rating Strategy here

For information on rate capping click here

Last updated: 15 August 2016