How rates are calculated

A rates notice may contain some or all of the following rates and charges:


General rate

Each property is placed in a differential rating category for the purpose of calculating the General rate.  The differential rating categories are explained further in the Rating Category Statement.

The General rate is calculated on each property by multiplying the land valuation by the rate in the dollar for its respective differential rating category. 

Council will apply a minimum general rate where applicable, and in some instances, cap the general rate increase from that applied last year at a specified percentage for each differential rating category. 

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) issues the land valuation for each property each year. Advice is also sent to the property owner by DNRM.

Explanation of how land valuations are determined can be found at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au 

Separate charge

  • Regional Infrastructure Separate Charge

Funds raised from the Regional Infrastructure Separate Charge will be expended to enhance and rehabilitate transport and stormwater infrastructure that benefits the entire local government area.

Garbage charge

This charge covers the costs for collection and disposal of rubbish from wheelie bins and bulk bins, and the operational costs of council’s rubbish disposal facilities. 

The annual charge depends on the type of service provided and further details can be found at Schedule of Rates and Utility Charges.

Special charge

Special rates are charged for services, facilities and activities that have a special association with particular properties within the region. Council’s special rates include: 

  • Rural Fire Brigade Special Charge
  • Rural Recycling and Waste Management Special Charge
  • Commercial Waste Management Special Charge
  • North Lakes Enhanced Services Special Charge
  • Newport Canal Maintenance Special Charge
  • Pacific Harbour Canal Maintenance Special Charge
  • Bribie Gardens Canal Maintenance Special Charge
  • Redcliffe Aerodrome Special Charge.

Further details on how these special rates are calculated can be found at Scheduleof Rates and Utility Charges.

State fire levy

Local authorities collect the State Fire Levy on behalf of Queensland Emergency Services. It is levied on all properties serviced by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. 

Further details on how this levy is calculated can be found by contacting one of our customer service offices.

Ownership transfer fee

An ownership transfer fee is charged to cover administrative costs associated with changing all council records to reflect the new owner’s details. 

The ownership transfer fee is a cost-recovery fee charged by the council pursuant to section 97 of the Local Government Act 2009. Cost-recovery fees are designed to recover all or some of the costs associated with performing a particular function. 

Certain exemptions to the fee apply.  Further details can be found by contacting one of our customer service offices. 

Credit charge surcharge

A credit card surcharge applies to all rate payments made by Mastercard or Visa, including debit cards being utilised as a credit card. 

One fee is charged per credit card payment. Multiple credit card payments made during the rating quarter will result in multiple transaction fees, however these will appear as a single total on the rates notice.  

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