Rates, Levies and Charges

Diffe​rential General Rates

Council calculates and levies differential general rates utilising the rateable value of the land, the use of the land and the location of the land. For the purpose of making and levying differential general rates, Council has resolved to categorise all rateable land in it’s area into categories. For a comprehensive list of the general rating category, please refer to the Revenue Statement or the Rates and Charges.

Government Emergency Levy 

A compulsory charge collected by Council on behalf of the State Government under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 to fund emergency services to help support and rebuild communities devastated by emergencies such as floods, cyclones, fires and accidents.  More than one levy may appear on a rates notice that is for multiple lots.  The levy applies to each individual lot except where lots are used as bona-fide primary producing land.  In this case only one levy will be applied. 

Where a property owner disagrees with the charge included on the rate notice (whether that be due to the amount or the Levy Category the property is assigned to), they have the right to appeal to the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

Prior to an appeal being lodged with the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, the property owner is required to contact the local Council and have them consider the circumstances of the case that the property owner advises and correct any identified error.

Please note that an appeal must be lodged to the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service within thirty days from the date of issue of the rate notice. For more information about Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and the Emergency Management Levy visit the website.

Waste Disposal Levy 

A levy on waste going to landfill will begin on 1 July 2019. This is part of a new waste strategy for Queensland - creating a future where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent. 

The levy will encourage business and industry to reduce, reuse and recycle more, only sending waste that cannot be recovered to landfill. For more information on the Waste Disposal Levy visit here