How rates are calculated

Rates are used to deliver essential services and maintain facilities. They account for 43 per cent of the Shire’s revenue. 

To find out more about where your rates go, have a look at the Budget Guide 2023/24.

Calculating rates

Rates are calculated using the following formula:

$ = (gross rental value or unimproved value x rate in $) – any concessions + applicable levies and charges.

If a calculated assessment is below the minimum rate contribution, the minimum rate applies.

Minimum Rate

Rate in $

Gross Rental Value – General



Gross Rental Value – Commercial



Gross Rental Value – Storage Units



Unimproved Value – General 



Unimproved Value – Industrial / Mining 



Unimproved Value - Rural Lifestyle



Specified Area Rates
Yunderup Canal Entrance Dredging 0.007273
Yunderup Canal Maintenance 0.006774
Murray Lakes Canal Maintenance 0.006846
Willow Gardens Canal Maintenance 0.006969
Austin Lakes Phase Two Maintenance 0.005649
Private Swimming Pool Inspection Fee Rate
Pro rata, per year $41.30

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

Local governments are required to collect the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy (ESL) which funds services provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). This levy is detailed separately on your rates notice.

For information about the ESL visit the DFES website.

Declared Pest Rate 

The Declared Pest Rate on Shire of Murray properties is imposed by the Office of State Revenue on behalf of the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group. It is imposed on Shire of Murray proprieties, at no more than $30/annum/property over one hectare in area. The imposition of the rate is reviewed annually by Council to ensure the funds are delivering appropriate management of declared pests within Murray.

The rate helps fund educational programs and resources for landowners to help:

  • Achieve a holistic regional approach to pest management.
  • Protect the Shire’s biodiversity.
  • Mitigate losses to agricultural activity.
  • Reduce the impact of pests in the area.

For further information, please visit Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

GRV and UV

Rates are calculated using property valuation as determined by the Valuer General and properties are rated according to land use. 

A Gross Rental Value (GRV) is applied to land within townsites and other land as approved by the Minister for Local Government where the land is used for predominantly non-rural purposes. 

A Unimproved Value (UV) is applied to land that is predominantly used for rural purposes.

See the Landgate website for further information about valuations including how and when they are determined.

Rate in dollar

Rate in the dollar is adopted by Council and determined on the basis of raising the revenue required to meet the deficiency between the total estimated expenditure proposed in the budget and the estimated revenue to be received from all sources other than rates. 

Rates revenue makes up approximately 43 per cent of the Shire’s annual budget. Together with other revenue sources, we are able to deliver the objectives of our Council Plan. Council has imposed differential rates in the dollar based on land usage to ensure an affordable rating level for all ratepayers.

For further information about the reasons for differential rates, please refer to our Differential Rates Statement of Objections and Reasons.