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Rates Guide

How Council Calculates Rates


Land value is an important basis of the rating system. The WA Valuer General’s Office independently values your land, and Council uses these values to structure rate payments. The amount of rates paid on individual properties will vary according to the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) set by the Valuer General’s Office.

Revenue collected from property rates represents approximately 48 percent of Council’s revenue. The amount to be collected from rates is the balance of Council’s expenditure requirement, less other revenues from fees, charges, grants, borrowings and transfers.

After determining this expenditure requirement Council decides the City’s rate income by setting a rate in the dollar to be levied against all properties, based on the Valuer General’s values.


Valuer Generals Office (VGO)

General Enquiries

Prior to lodging a formal objection, any matter relating to the valuation can be raised with the relevant valuer by phoning (08) 9429 8400 or (08) 9721 0800 for South West Shires. Many issues can be resolved without the need to lodge a formal objection.