Nominate a mate for a 2023 Australia Day Award! Closing 30 November. More info here.

You are here Home Payments & permits Rates and water charges

Rates and water charges

Central Highlands Regional Council levies rates so that important services and infrastructure can be provided to all of the communities in the region.

  • Understanding your rates

    General rates

    General rates are levied in accordance with section 94 of the Local Government Act 2009 and section 80 of the Local Government Regulations 2012.

    Sewerage charges

    Sewerage charges are levied to fund the operation and capital cost of the sewerage supply systems throughout the shire.

    Refuse and recycling

    This charge is applied to all residential properties within the urban town boundaries for the collection of the general and recycling waste. Commercial properties can opt into the collection service, alternatively they can have a private agreement with other service providers.

    Waste management

    This charge is not related to the collection of waste, this charge is a contribution from all ratepayers within the shire towards the maintenance, rehabilitation, and operation of council’s waste transfer stations or landfills.

    Emergency management levy

    The Emergency Management Levy is a levy applied under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990. Council has a legal obligation to administer the levy on behalf of the State Government. More information about this levy can be found on the Queensland Government website.

    Special rates

    Special rates and charges are for services, facilities and activities that have a special association with particular land. Council has the following special rates.

    • Yan Yan Road Maintenance
    • Lilyvale Road Maintenance
    • Grasstree Road Maintenance
    • Anncrouye Road Maintenance
    • Bundoora Dam
    • Belcong Creek Road
    • Oaky Creek Mine (Town of Tieri)

    Water charges

    Water access and consumption charges are levied to fund the operation and capital cost of the water supply systems throughout the shire.

    Rates capping

    In accordance with section 116 of the Local Government Regulations 2012, council has set a 30% cap on all rates and charges. Capping will be applied and removed on a whole year basis only where applicable.

    How are rates calculated

    See this factsheet for a simplified explanation of how rates are calculated.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Visit the FAQ page for information on recent notices, billing cycles, payments, concessions, and updating your address.

General rates

General rates are levied in accordance with section 94 of the Local Government Act 2009 and section 80 of the Local Government Regulations 2012.

Sewerage charges

Sewerage charges are levied to fund the operation and capital cost of the sewerage supply systems throughout the shire.

Refuse and recycling

This charge is applied to all residential properties within the urban town boundaries for the collection of the general and recycling waste. Commercial properties can opt into the collection service, alternatively they can have a private agreement with other service providers.

Waste management

This charge is not related to the collection of waste, this charge is a contribution from all ratepayers within the shire towards the maintenance, rehabilitation, and operation of council’s waste transfer stations or landfills.

Emergency management levy

The Emergency Management Levy is a levy applied under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990. Council has a legal obligation to administer the levy on behalf of the State Government. More information about this levy can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Special rates

Special rates and charges are for services, facilities and activities that have a special association with particular land. Council has the following special rates.

  • Yan Yan Road Maintenance
  • Lilyvale Road Maintenance
  • Grasstree Road Maintenance
  • Anncrouye Road Maintenance
  • Bundoora Dam
  • Belcong Creek Road
  • Oaky Creek Mine (Town of Tieri)

Water charges

Water access and consumption charges are levied to fund the operation and capital cost of the water supply systems throughout the shire.

Rates capping

In accordance with section 116 of the Local Government Regulations 2012, council has set a 30% cap on all rates and charges. Capping will be applied and removed on a whole year basis only where applicable.

How are rates calculated

See this factsheet for a simplified explanation of how rates are calculated.

Visit the FAQ page for information on recent notices, billing cycles, payments, concessions, and updating your address.

Emergency Management Dashboard

Up-to-date weather, road closure and disaster information.