Each year the Victorian Government sets a rate ‘cap’. The cap restricts how much a council can increase its general rates revenue.

In 2022/23, the rate cap has been set at 1.75 per cent.

This does not mean that your rates bill will increase by the same amount as the cap. It means that the general rates revenue raised by Council will not increase by more than the cap.

Your rates bill may go up or down depending on several things, including the change in the value of your property and the type of property you own.

Find out how rate capping affects us - Port Phillip rate capping fact sheet (PDF 161 KB). For more information go to Essential Services Commission.

Rate capping explained

Your rates at work

We use rates revenue to fund community services including waste and recycling, graffiti management, childcare, health services, libraries, aged care, environmental sustainability, heritage protection, festivals and events, planning and building regulation, and support for business and the arts.

It is also used to pay for maintenance of community infrastructure including parks, playgrounds, sports fields, foreshore and beaches, roads, footpaths, cycleways, public lighting, drains, public toilets, and community facilities.

Find out more about rates in 2022/23 and what they fund – read our rates brochure (PDF 843KB).

Contact the rates team

To talk to us about your rates send a direct messageor phone us on 03 9209 6777 during business hours Monday to Friday.