City of Wodonga


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Why do you pay rates?

Wodonga Council collects rates to provide a wide range of services and to deliver important building projects and services that our growing community needs now and into the future.

Each year, your rates are used to provide essential services, including:

  • Emergency management services such as response and recovery;
  • Transport and infrastructure services such as roads, footpaths and cycle paths;
  • Planning and building services such as land use planning, economic development and environmental conservation;
  • Environment services such as sustainability and natural resource management;
  • Health services such as immunisation sessions and food regulations; and,
  • Social and community services such as disability support and early childhood services like preschools and maternal and child health.

Find out how the council allocated its payments.

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How does the council calculate rates and charges?

Your rating valuations are displayed on your council rates notices, just below the property details.

Please refer to the understanding your rates notice document for further details regarding information on your rates notice.

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

Valuation x rate in the dollar = rates charge

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What is a valuation?

All councils are required to have all properties valued. The most recent valuation is effective from January 1, 2018. The valuation is listed on the rates and valuation notice.

Values are set every two years by the council's contracted property valuers, not by council staff, and are requirements of the Valuation of Land Act 1960.

From 2019, valuations will be conducted annually. The re-valuation will be at levels on January 1, 2019 to apply for rating for the 2019-2020 rating period.

Only qualified valuers from the Valuer-General Victoria (VGV) that hold recognised tertiary qualifications and with the required practical experience, can perform municipal valuations.

Definitions of some of the key valuation terminology

  • Capital Improved Value – the value of all land, buildings and improvements on a property
  • Site value – the value of the land only
  • Net annual value – the expected annual rental return (CIV divided by 20)

Objection forms are provided by the VGV for residentialcommercial/industrial and rural should you wish to lodge an objection.

If you disagree with the rating valuations or the AVPCC (Australian Valuation Property Classification Code) as shown on your rate notice (or on other grounds as specified in the Valuation of Land Act 1960), you may lodge an objection.  Objections must be lodged within two months of the date of notice as shown on your annual rate notice or supplementary valuation notice, and should be submitted on the prescribed form.  Please note that the land use classification as shown on your rate notice is determined under the provisions of the Fire Services Property Levy Act 2012.  The land use classification allocated to a property for levy purposes is a non-reviewable decision:  in other words, you may object to the AVPCC as shown on your rate notice, but not to the land use classification.  For further explanation of what the AVPCC on your rates notice means, you may download a list of the current AVPCCs

These forms need to be returned to us in person in Hovell St or posted to:

Wodonga Council,
PO Box 923,
Wodonga, VIC 3689

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Domestic waste charges

Waste management services provided by the council include general waste, recycling and green waste collection.

Approximately half the charge is allocated against all households and businesses for the provision of community waste services for example street bins and operation of the Waste Transfer Station.

The remainder covers the contract costs for the collection of the bins.

The properties that are subject to a residential or rural garbage and recycle collection will have the two transfer station vouchers as a cut-off section on the notice.

Ratepayers please ensure these vouchers are kept in a safe place until there is a need to use them. The two vouchers will have the rate assessment number as a barcode on them for monitoring purposes.

All other properties will be issued with a notice without the vouchers. 

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Fire Property Services Levy

The rates notices include the Fire Services Property Levy, collected by the council on behalf of the State Government.

Following a recommendation from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission the Fire Services Levy will be removed from insurance premiums from July 1, 2013 and instead collected with council rates. All funds collected by councils go to supporting Victoria’s fire services.

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DOCResidential objection form (DOC 62KB)

DOCCommercial/industrial objection form (DOC 69KB)

DOCRural objection form (DOC 63KB)

PDFAustralian Valuation Property Classification Code (AVPCC) (PDF 261KB)

PDFFire services property levy - single farm enterprise exemption application form (PDF 101KB)

PDFAbout your rates 2018-2019 (PDF 2261KB)

PDFHow to read your rates notice 2018-2019 (PDF 593KB)

Last updated: 10-08-2018

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