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Rates and Valuations

Rates are a form of property tax collected by Council. Rates and charges are an important source of revenue, accounting for over 63% of operating revenue received by Council. The collection of rates is an important factor in funding Council services. 

Rate notices are issued in August each year. Please contact us via [email protected] if you:

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Receive your Rates Notices by Email

Register today to receive your Rate Notices electronically.


eNotices is an online portal that allows you to register, view and receive your notices electronically.  

Once registered, your notices will be delivered to you via email. You can then access and view your past and current notices on any electronic device (phone, tablet, laptop or desktop) at any time.

Register by:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter in your email address and eNotices Reference Number (you can find this on your rates notice)
  3. Check your email inbox and click the validation link.
  4. Select a password and enter your mobile number.

If you have recently bought a property in the Ararat Rural City and would like to register to receive your rate notice via email you will need your first rates notice to enable you to sign up for eNotices.

To update your email address for electronic notices please sign in to your eNotices account and update your details.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you need any assistance.


BPay View is an easy way to receive and store your rate notices, in your online or mobile banking. Get reminded before the due date and make it easy to pay your rate notices on time, every time.

No more mail, your rate notices are delivered straight to your online or mobile banking, and automatically saved for up to 18 months.

Signing up to BPAY View® is easy:

  1. Log into your online banking account.
  2. Look for the BPAY View® or View Bills section.
  3. Register your bills

Add your Council rate notices by entering the biller code 26989.  Then enter your BPAY view registration number as shown on your rate notice.

Note: Paper notices will no longer be issued to you once you have registered with BPAY View®.

For further information, please visit

Click here to find out more on how to set up BPAY View

Rate Capping

Rate capping was introduced by the Victorian Government in 2016. The rate cap limits the total amount a council can increase its rates each year based on the amount it levied in the previous year. 

The rate cap applies to a council’s total revenue and not individual properties. In many cases an individual rate bnotice may increase or decrease by more (or less) than the cap amount.  

In 2023/24 the cap has been set at 3.5%. The cap applies to the average annual increase of rates and charges. The cap applies to Council’s overall rates income, not individual assessments. 

Individual property rate changes will vary and may be higher or lower than the rate cap depending on property evaluations. The key to determining your share of the total rates paid in the Ararat Rural City is how your property value has moved in comparison to the average movement of properties in the area.   

The Rate Cap does not apply to waste charges or the Fire Services Property Levy. 

For details on rate capping visit Local Government Victoria – Fair Go Rates

Are you having financial difficulties?

Ararat Rural City Council is strongly committed to assisting businesses, residents and ratepayers facing financial difficulties.

If you are having difficulty paying all or part of your rates and charges by the due date, we encourage you to contact the Rates Office on 03 5355 0209 or [email protected] to arrange a repayment plan.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can talk to a free financial counsellor at the National Debt Hotline on 1800 007 007

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