About Rate Capping

In October 2015 the Minister for Local Government announced the Fair Go Rates system, to take effect from 2016/17.

What is rate capping?

The Fair Go Rates system caps the increase to Council’s total revenue from general rates and the municipal charge to a figure based on the Consumer Price Index.

Each year the Minister for Local Government will set the rate cap for the next financial year.

A rate cap of 3.5 per cent for the 2023/2024 financial year applies to all Victorian Councils.

For 2023/2024 Council adopted a 3.5 per cent rate cap to the total revenue generated by the rates and the municipal charge.

In circumstances where the rate cap is insufficient to fund the provision of services and infrastructure to the community Council can apply to the Essential Services Commission for an increase higher than the cap. Greater Shepparton City Council has not applied for a variation to the rate cap for 2023/2024.

What does rate capping apply to?

The cap applies to Council’s total income received from General Rates and the Municipal Charge; it does not apply to waste charges or the Fire Services Property Levy.

Are my individual property rates capped?

Applying the rate cap is not this simple. Whilst the total revenue collected by Council from general rates and the municipal charge will not increase, rate increases on individual rate notices will vary and some may see a decrease.

The rates and charges for your property may have increased or decreased by a different percentage amount due to:

  • the valuation of your property
  • the application of any differential rate by Council
  • the inclusion of rates and charges not covered by the Rate Cap

Where can I find more information?

For further information regarding Fair Go Rates system, please visit the Fair Go Rates or Essential Services Commission websites.