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Your rates explained

Property rates

The Victorian Government rate cap for 2020/2021 is 2%. This means the average property rate must not be more than 2% higher than last year. It is not a limit on how much your individual property rates can increase. This depends on your property’s valuation this year compared to last year and how that change compares with other properties in Maroondah.

As a result, your rates may have increased by more than 2%, they may have increased by less than 2% or they may have decreased.

How we calculate your property rates

How much you pay in property rates is determined by the valuation of your property multiplied by the declared rate in the dollar.

How your rates are calculated


The Victorian Government legislates that properties are valued every year.  The valuation in place for 2020/2021 financial year occurred as at 1 January 2020. The undertaking of valuations in Victoria is now the responsibility of the Valuer-General Victoria. 

Victorian Government Fire Services Levy

The Victorian Government increased the Fire Services levy for 2020/21. This amount is determined by the Victorian Government and is not limited by the rate cap. It varies depending on your property type and the fire services district that you are in (MFB/CFA).

This charge is collected by Councils and fully transferred to the Victorian Government.


An allocation of $4.1 million has been made to maintain and upgrade our recreational facilities such as playgrounds, golf courses, sportsfields, reserve bridges, parks and open space.

This includes $1.9 million to be spent on sports infrastructure renewal program at Silcock Reserve. In addition, $150,000 will be used for sportsfield lighting improvements across the city, $200,000 for sports infrastructure renewal such as cricket nets, coaches boxes and scoreboards, along with $250,000 for golf course improvement works.

A total of $480,000 will go towards playground renewals throughout Maroondah, including McAlpin, Cobain, Waterloo and Albert Reserves. The Budget also allows for $540,000 to be spent on implementing an accelerated streetscape enhancement program, including a significant increase in tree planting.

Maroondah’s extensive system of stormwater drains, which extend more than 760 lineal kilometres, will receive $2.57 million for drainage improvement works.

Projects include $1.55 million for the renewal of New Street in Ringwood, including flood mitigation works between Maroondah Highway and Sylvia Grove. A significant investment of $69.3 million has been allocated to the 510 Council buildings and structures to improve these assets to a high standard and ensure the community has access to safe and appropriate facilities.


The projects include the commencement of redevelopment of pavilions and facilities at Silcock Reserve, Proclamation Park, Springfield Reserve and Ainslie Park; establishing a regional cricket hub at Jubilee Park sporting precinct; undertaking the staged redevelopment of the Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct (artist impression pictured); improving accessibility to Council facilities for people with disabilities; and designing and constructing multi-level commuter carparks in Croydon, Ringwood, Heathmont and Heatherdale stations. Council maintains over 475 kilometres of roads and 600 kilometres of constructed footpaths and will provide funding of $2.89 million on roads, footpaths, local area traffic management and commercial centres.

These works include completion of the Lincoln Road upgrade, east of Dorset Road in Croydon; undertaking improvement works to the carpark at McAlpin Reserve, Ringwood North; and road reconstruction works along Laurence Grove, Ringwood East.


More than $3 million will be used on footpath construction and replacement works as well as improved footpath disability access at numerous locations across the municipality.

Works include new footpaths along Eastfield Road in Croydon and New Street in Ringwood. Bicycle and shared paths will also be improved, including $300,000 on the Tarralla Creek Trail.


On an annual basis Maroondah City Council provides more than 120 different services to the 117,498 members of our community, including:

  • Maternal & Child Health services through seven centres across the municipality.
  • A fully accredited immunisation service, which delivers more than 10,000 vaccinations each year.
  • Services and programs for young people aged 12 to 25, including drop-in programs and support services.
  • The creation and delivery of more than 40,000 Meals on Wheels meals every year.
  • 90 school crossing supervisors helping children and families safely get to and from kindergarten and school at 73 school crossings – rain, hail or shine.
  • Close to 15,500 hours of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing programs for older residents and people with a disability; and more than 250 hours of support annually to residents of Maroondah Supported Residential Services.
  • Keeping our community active and healthy at our seven Maroondah Leisure facilities, including Aquanation, Aquahub, Croydon Memorial Pool, Ringwood and Dorset Golf, Maroondah Nets, and The Rings.
  • Community events, such as Maroondah Festival, Maroondah Carols, Australia Day, Run Maroondah, and Reconciliation Week, which attract participation of more 50,000 people each year.



Your rates at work 

Total income

Rates & charges $96.24m 59.2%
User fees $20.16m 12.4%
Operating grants $8.38m 5.2%
Contributions monetary $4.7m 2.9%
Statutory fees & fines $5.14m 3.2%
Capital grants $26.6m 16.4%
Other income (interest and rent) $1.13m 0.7%
Total $162.35m 100%


Related links

Paying your rates

Property valuation

State Government Fire Services Levy

Waste collections

Commercial and Industrial waste services

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