Rates and Charges


General Rates

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All Councils in Australia charge property rates.  They provide Council with the money that is needed to pay for a broad range of services, programs, facilities and infrastructure from parks and playgrounds to roads and immunisations.  Rates are levied on each property based on its Capital Improved Value, being the market value of the property including land and all improvements, but not including chattels, furniture and fittings (check the related Valuations page to see how Capital Improved Valuations are determined).

Rates on a property are calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Value by the applicable rate in the dollar.  The rate in the dollar used is determined by the Valuer's classification of the property and Council's rate strategy. The annual rate notice for a property will show the classification and the applicable rate in the dollar.

  • Residential Rate in the Dollar: 0.005146 cents
  • Farm Rate in the Dollar: 0.004117 cents (80% differential)
  • Commercial Rate in the Dollar: 0.005146 cents
  • Industrial Rate in the Dollar: 0.005146 cents

Municipal Charge

A municipal charge of $281.00 is levied on all rateable properties, with exemptions applicable where more than one farming property makes up a single farming enterprise operated by the same person or persons.  Farmers can apply for an exemption from paying more than one municipal charge with the Single Farming Enterprise form below. Where a farming enterprise consists of more than one dwelling, a municipal charge is applicable to every additional dwelling.

Single Farming Enterprise Form.pdf(PDF, 403KB)

Garbage Charges

Garbage charges for the collection and disposal of domestic refuse are levied on all residential properties in the Horsham and Natimuk townships, according to the capacity of garbage bins selected by owners, at the following annual charges per bin:

  • Residential 120 Litre Bin: $221.00
  • Residential 240 Litre Bin: $360.00
  • Commercial 120 Litre Bin $360.00
  • Commercial 240 Litre Bin $377.00
  • Commercial Recycling Bin only $106.00

The residential and commercial bin charges include one 240 litre recycling bin service collected fortnightly in serviced areas.  Replacement of lost, stolen or damaged bins may be at a cost to property owners or occupiers.  If you wish to upsize, downsize or replace your current garbage bin, please click here.

Click here for details on Council's transfer stations.

Pensioner Concession

A maximum rebate of $273.80 on your rates is available upon application to eligible pensioners for their principle place of residence.

To claim a concession on your rates and charges you must ensure that:

  • You have one of the eligible concession cards and it is valid at the time of application
  • You are the person responsible for payment of the rate account
  • Your name is on the rate account
  • Your name and address on the rates account matches that on the concession card

Click here to view a full list of concessions, benefits and assistance available to Victorians.

To claim a concession on your rates you will need to complete an application form at the Council Offices and present your current concession card.  Having been granted a rate concession, no further applications are required unless you change your residential address. 

Fire Services Property Levy

The Victorian Government introduced a property based fire levy from 1 July 2013 in response to the recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission.  

For more information on the levy and frequently asked questions click here.

Due Dates

In Full by 15 February 2018 OR

Four Instalments over the year as follows:

  • 1st Instalment: 2 October 2017
  • 2nd Instalment: 30 November 2017
  • 3rd Instalment: 28 February 2018
  • 4th Instalment: 31 May 2018

If the first instalment is not paid by the first instalment due date then you will automatically be required to pay your rates in full by the 15 February 2018.  Notices for the second, third and fourth instalments will be forwarded at least 14 days prior to the due dates.  Please note that the first instalment includes any arrears and interest.

How to Make a Payment

In Person
At the Council Office in Horsham - 18 Roberts Avenue, Horsham
At the Council Office in Natimuk (Thursdays 9-12 only) - 62 Main Street, Natimuk
At any Australian Post Office

By Telephone
Call Postbillpay on 13 18 16

By Mail
Post your payment to PO Box 511, Horsham, Victoria, 3402

By Internet
Postbillpay - Use Biller Code: 2315
BPay - Use Biller Code: 87221

Electronic Delivery of Rate Notices

You can choose to receive your rate notices electronically using either methods below.  A paper copy of the notice will no longer be sent in the mail once you have registered for an electronic notice.

BPay View
You can apply through your online banking to receive your rate notices via your online banking account.  Click here for more information on BPay View. 

Receive Your Rate Notices via Email
Register at hrcc.formsport.com.au to receive your future rate notices by email.

Interest and Penalties

Rates are levied annually.  They must be paid in four instalments or as a lump sum.  Due dates for instalment payments are the last day in September, November, February and May.  The lump sum payment is due by 15 February.  Details and payment options are on the rate notice.

Unpaid Rates

Unpaid rates remain a debt on the property, regardless of any change of ownership.  If rates or charges remain overdue for more than three years without an arrangement made with Council, a court order may be obtained to either sell, or assume ownership of the land to recover the debt.

Penalty Interest

If you are issued with a rate notice you should make sure you give it prompt attention.  Council charges penalty interest on unpaid rates and charges in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Penalty Interest Rates Act 1983.

Financial Hardship

You may apply to Council with the form below for a deferral if you believe that you will suffer financial hardship by paying your rates.  For more information, see our Rates and Charges Financial Hardship Policy below.

Rates and Charges Financial Hardship Policy(PDF, 320KB)

Rates and Charges Application Form(PDF, 98KB)

Rates Strategy

For more information on the policies and principles of our rating system see Council's rating strategy below.

2017/2018 Rates Strategy(PDF, 984KB)