Why do I pay rates?

Anyone owning property and/or commercial enterprises within Shire of Mundaring is required to pay rates.

Rates are necessary for the Shire to provide facilities and services to the community. Services provided to ratepayers include libraries, recreation and sporting facilities, road upgrades, environmental management, community safety, and waste collection facilities.

How rates are calculated

What rates are based on

Rates are based on two factors: 

  • The rate in the dollar set by Council each year at budget time
  • The valuation of each property, as assessed by the Valuer General.

Rates are calculated by multiplying a property's gross rental value (GRV) or unimproved value (UV) by the rate in the dollar, subject to a minimum payment which is set each year by the Shire. Minimum payments are set in recognition of the fact that every property receives some level of benefit from works, services and facilities provided by the Shire.

Please note that a GRV is applied generally in towns and suburbs and UV is applied in rural areas.

Revaluation and interim rates

Whenever a new valuation is received from the Valuer General, the Shire may be required by legislation to apply that valuation and reassess the rates levied for that property. Some of the main reasons include:

  • Completion of a new building or structure
  • Alteration, addition or demolition of an existing building or structure
  • Variation to land due to amalgamation subdivision or strata title
  • An error in valuation or rating of a property
  • Subsequent revaluation of a property. 

Why rates vary between properties

The rate charged varies in line with the value of a property - the higher the value of the property, the higher the rates. Values are assessed on the basis of the annual rental income potential (Gross Rental Value (GRV) of each residence which is reviewed every three years by the Valuer General's Office, or on the Unimproved Value (UV) of the land (reviewed annually).

Other charges and fees

Emergency Services Levy

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in Western Australia, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The ESL provides the majority of funding required for Career and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Brigades, DFES Multi-function Brigades/Units, Bush Fire Brigades, State Emergency Service Units.

The amount of ESL to be collected and the applicable rates and charging parameters are declared annually by the Minister for Emergency Services.

For more information please visit the the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website or call 1300 136 099.

Standard rubbish service

The standard rubbish service is one fee which covers costs for a standard general waste bin, a recycling bin, a waste transfer station pass and bulk verge rubbish collection.

The service has been listed as one fee to simplify waste charges and is reflective of full cost recovery.

Residents without a waste bin service have different arrangements in place. Waste charges do not qualify for the State Government rebate.

Pool inspection annual fee

The annual fee per swimming pool/spa barrier inspection is $25.00.

State Government legislation requires the Shire to physically inspect the safety barriers for all private swimming pools and spas to ensure compliance with safety standards, once every 4 years.

The fee charged to property owners covers this requirement. 

If your pool or spa has been removed from your property, please contact the Shire to ensure this charge is adjusted.

More information and contact

If you have any questions about how your rates notice, please contact us