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How your rates are set and spent

Beautiful beaches, parks, reserves, thriving shopping villages, cultural events, all this and more is at your doorstep in Bayside, one of Australia’s most desirable places to live.

Wherever you look, you’ll see your rates at work to make Bayside a better place to live now and into the future.

How every $1,000 is spent on our major service categories

  • $401 on new community facilities
  • $110 on roads and drainage
  • $102 on planning and local laws
  • $92 on parks and foreshores
  • $88 on environment and waste
  • $81 on maintaining property and facilities
  • $63 on aged services
  • $39 on libraries, arts and culture
  • $24 on family services

A day in the life of Bayside City Council

What are we currently working on?

The 2019/20 Bayside City Council budget outlines the latest projects we're working on. This includes a record $62.2 million investment in community infrastructure to deliver improvements in our early years’ facilities, libraries, sporting facilities, shopping villages and foreshore.

Find out more about some of our major projects below.

Ongoing and recently completed projects

  • $2.9 million in early year’s infrastructure, including a new integrated Children’s Centre in Fern Street, Black Rock.
  • $3.4 million will be invested in libraries, in particular the completion of the Sandringham Library redevelopment as well as new library resources.
  • $3.3 million upgrade to Bayside’s shopping villages including works at Beaumaris Concourse, designs for Sandringham Village and street art in Sandringham and Middle Brighton.
  • We are also funding a feasibility study for hydrotherapy or warm water facilities within the municipality.

  • $10 million for the redevelopment of five sporting pavilions including AW Oliver Pavilion, Elsternwick Park Oval 2 and William Reserve as well as commencing design and construction on a further three pavilions.
  • $6.9 million to commence construction of the new Bayside Netball centre in Sandringham.
  • Sillitoe Reserve sportsground and Donald MacDonald Reserve sportsground will receive major reconstructions.
  • $3.2 million for upgrades to footpaths and bicycle paths.

  • $9 million for land at the former CSIRO site for the establishment of a Highett Community Hub. The purchase of this land is in addition to the transfer of the Highett Grassy Woodland to Council which we
  • have negotiated with the Australian Government.
  • $4.8 million to protect and improve our magnificent foreshore; $2 million for the Dendy Street Beach Masterplan improvements and Life Saving Pavilion (subject to VCAT approval).
  • We have also committed to undertaking the HMVS Cerberus preservation works as well as the Hampton beach access ramp; and the renewal of the Black Rock Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • The beloved Thomas Street Playground in Hampton will be renewed under this budget to create a new special playground catering for children of all abilities.

  • The latest budget includes a reduction in the waste charge of 1.7% for Bayside residents. This has been driven by a reduction in the kerbside recycling waste disposal rates.
  • We will continue to advocate to the Victorian Government for reform in the recycling and waste sector to help address the global changes in the recycling market.
  • The launch of food and green waste recycling in our existing green waste collection service is a significant investment.
  • From 15 July Bayside residents will be able to dispose of unavoidable food waste in their green waste bin, not the garbage bin. The waste is transformed into compost products and used in Victorian agriculture rather than being buried in landfill.
  • We are also progressing the establishment of an alternative waste processing facility in Melbourne’s south east, in collaboration with other councils in the region.

Your questions about rates answered

Each council takes the total rate revenue to be collected and divides it by the total value of all properties in its municipality to calculate the rate in the dollar.

This ensures councils do not receive more money when property values rise.

The rate in the dollar is then multiplied by the market value of each property to ensure each ratepayer contributes a fair share.

We will add the municipal charge which is also included in the rate cap. Waste charges and your fire services property levy are then added to your general rates notice to determine the total amount you will pay.

Capital Improved Value (property and land) and Site Value (land only) are separate valuations and not added together. 

Capital Improved Value: CIV is the total market value of the property including land and all improvements.Site Value (SV)

Site Value: SV is the value of the land only (assuming vacant land with no buildings). These valuations may be used by other authorities for the purpose of a rate or tax. 

Net Annual Value: NAV is relevant for non-residential properties, commercial, tenanted or investment properties. NAV for residential properties is approximately 5% of the capital improved value. 

Find out more about valuations

Rate capping is a limit set by Victorian Government on how much Councils can collect each year. The rate is set for 2019/20 in 2.5%. 

Your rates may have increased by less or more than 2.5%, dependent on your valuation in comparison to the rest of Bayside.


Transcript: How does rate capping work? (DOCX, 21.70KB)

The Municipal Charge covers administrative costs and applies to all properties equally, irrespective of value.

We list a breakdown of your rates and charges on the back of your annual notice. The Municipal Charge is subject to the rate cap.

Every property in Bayside pays a waste service charge, regardless of if they have a bin at the property or not.

We introduced a contribution fee to ensure that every owner is equally supporting and paying for services such as cleaning and waste management in public areas such as street sweeping, street bins and beach cleaning.

Food and green waste is an optional service and is not paid for by residents who do not have the additional collection.

Your property's waste service charge will be listed on the back of your rates notice.

There are different options waste bin sizes and waste bin types for ratepayers to choose from. Additional bins may also be requested (fees apply). 

If you have a waste bin at your property - your waste charge will pay for the weekly garbage, fortnightly recycling and hard rubbish collection plus a contribution fee. 

If you do not have a waste bin at your property you will only pay a contribution fee, which covers services such as street sweeping, public bins and beach cleaning.

Food and green waste is an optional service and is not paid for by residents who do not have the additional collection. This is a one-off additional fee and will not appear on your rates notice.

If you wish to discuss alternative waste service options, please contact 9599 4444 for more information.

As part of your rates, we collect the Fire Services Levy on behalf of the Victorian State Government.

Find out more about the Fire Services Property Levy

If you live in a Bayside property and hold one of the below eligible concession card then you can apply for a rebate. The total for 2019/2020 is $285.15.

Eligible concession cards

The address on your card must match the address listed on your rates notice.

  • Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) issued by the Australia Government, Department of Health and Human Services (formerly Centrelink)
  • Pension Concession Card (PCC) issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
  • DVA Gold Repatriation Health Card – Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)
  • DVA Gold Repatriation Health Card – For all conditions – War Widow / Widower (WW)

Ineligible concession cards

  • Health Care Card issued by Australia Government, Department of Health and Human Services (formerly Centrelink)
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by Australia Government, Department of Health and Human Services (formerly Centrelink)
  • Victorian Seniors Card.

Apply for a pensioner concession

If you have queries or concerns regarding your rates calculations then you can submit a rates valuation enquiry or call us on 9599 4444.

Different municipalities require different levels of funding for services. Find out more about how we compare to other regions at Know Your Council.

Interest charged on unpaid rates

The interest rate charged on all overdue rates and charges is fixed under the Penalty Interest Rates Act 1983.

The rate that will apply for the 2019/2020 year is 10% per annum on all payments not received by the due date. Interest will continue to accrue until paid in full.

Interest on instalment payments will be backdated to the due date of the first instalment.