How does the property valuation process work?

Current Victorian Government legislation requires Council to undertake a general property revaluation every year.

Valuations are based on property values at 1 January, 2021. These valuations are the basis for rates charged from 1 July, 2021. 

Additionally, a supplementary valuation may be conducted when a change to the property occurs that affects the valuation (for example, building a house of subdividing a block). The result is a revised rate assessment based on the updated valuation. 

Does Council make more money when property values go up?

No, we do not collect extra revenue as a result of the revaluation process. The total combined rates revenue remains the same.

The Victorian Government introduced the rate cap which limits the revenue councils can raise. Increased valuations may mean an individual property is rated higher, but this is offset by other rate reductions. The rate cap increase for 2021/22 was set at 1.5%. 

Who decides on the value of properties?

Valuations are carried out by professional valuers who undertake this work under contract with the Valuer General. This is a state-wide process. 

Properties are assessed according the Valuer-General Victoria Best Practice guidelines.

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What is Capital Improved Value?

The three valuations shown on your rates notice are Site Value (SV), Capital Improved Value (CIV) and the net Annual Value (NAV).

  • SV – Site Value is the market value of the land only
  • CIV – Capital Improved Value is the total value of property as determined by Council’s valuers
  • NAV – Net Annual Value is either five per cent of the CIV or the current value of a property’s net annual rental

Residents have the right to object to the valuation of your property.

We suggest you contact Council to discuss and try to resolve your valuation questions before seeking an objection form.

Objection to a valuation

Residents may object to a valuation.  The objection can be made in relation to the value of a property or on the grounds specified in the Valuation of Land Act.

An objection generally must be made within two months of the date of the rate notice. 

To make an objection you need to submit your objection via the rating valuation objection portal: