Rates and Charges

Why do you pay Council rates?

Councils help local communities run smoothly. They administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection  and waste collection, treatment and disposal. The rates you pay allow your council to fund these services.

Emergency Services Property Levy

Information on the proposed changes to the Emergency Services Property Levy is available here.

How does Council calculate rates and charges?

Each council is required to determine the combination of rates, charges, fees and pricing policies needed to fund the services it provides to the community by producing a Revenue Policy which contains a rating structure that determines which rates and charges you will have to pay and how they will be calculated.

To calculate the ordinary rates to be paid for each property, Council uses the following method:

  • Base amount + (individual unimproved land value x ad valorem rate) = rates charge ($)

This calculation method brings the higher and lower values closer together, effectively spreading the rate burden more evenly among all ratepayers. The total amount of income that Council can raise from certain rates and charges is limited. This is called rate peg percentage. The Independent Pricing  and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) determines the annual rate peg percentage.

The land value is determined by the Property NSW Valuation Services on behalf of the NSW Valuer General. If you do not agree with the land value of your property you can request a review by the Valuer General either online or by calling 1800 110 038.

Land valuations

The Valuer General is the independent statutory authority responsible for the overall management of the valuation system and for ensuring the integrity of land valuations. In Albury, land revaluations occur every three years.

In January of the three yearly review, Albury ratepayers will receive Notice of Valuation from the Valuer General with their updated land valuations. Council uses the updated valuations to calculate the rates from July 1 of the next financial year, without impacting the overall income to council  from rates.

If you do not agree with the land value of your property you can request a review by the Valuer General either online or by calling 1800 110 038.

For more information please visit the website of the Valuer General or follow this link to be taken to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Rates calculator tool

You can use this simple rates calculator to estimate your 2016-17 rates and charges.

Please remember you will need to use your 1 July 2014 land valuation for your 2016-17 calculation. The 2014 land valuation can be found on the valuation notice issued by the Valuer General in 2015.

When are rates and charges due?

If you are paying in full, refer to your annual rates and charges notice for the applicable discount date.

If you are paying by instalments, here are the due dates for payments:

  • 1st instalment – 31 August
  • 2nd instalment – 30 November
  • 3rd instalment – 28 February
  • 4th instalment – 31 May

Have your say on Council's Revenue Policy

Each year Council prepares a draft management policy known as the Revenue Policy around April or May for the following financial year and places it on public exhibition for comment. 

Council must consider any submissions by the public before adopting the plan. This is your opportunity to raise any issues about the rates and charges for the following year. Once the rates and charges have been adopted for a particular year, they cannot be changed until the next year.