Special Rates

The current Special Rate schemes for Carnegie Shopping Centre and Elsternwick Shopping Centre end on 30 June 2024.

The Carnegie Main Street Inc. and Elsternwick Main Street Committee Inc. association have requested that Council consider declaring a new special rate to allow their marketing and promotional programs to continue.

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Special rates and charges

Councils are able to levy a special rate or charge on property owners to help pay for any council service or activity that will be of special benefit to those particular property owners.

Examples include schemes for constructing footpaths, roads or drains in a particular area, and schemes for promoting and marketing local businesses.

Council must comply with the Local Government Act 1989 when proposing and establishing special rates or charges. Council must give public notice of any proposal to levy special rates and charges and must undertake public consultation.

Before proposing a special rate or charge, Council must evaluate the benefits of the proposed works or services to the people who are liable to pay and must also levy the rate or charge in proportion to the benefit to be received.

Public notice and consultation

By law, before finalising a special rate or charge, the council must undertake formal public consultation. Councils will often ask the community for comment before proposing the rate or charge, although this is not mandatory.

People have the right to put in a formal submission before the council finalises a special rate or charge. Council is required to consider all submissions that are received within 28 days of the public notice, although councils may allow a longer time for submissions.

If Council is proposing to raise more than two-thirds of the total cost of a project as a special rate or charge, the affected ratepayers must also be given a formal right to object. If objections are received from a majority of properties within 28 days, the council cannot approve the special rate or charge. This objection process does not apply to drainage schemes that are required for public health.

Under certain conditions, people who are required to pay a special rate or special charge may appeal to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

For further information visit, the Know your Council website.

Current Special Rates

Council currently has several special rate schemes in place to raise funds to support local shopping centres in Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh.

Do I need to pay a special rate?

Special Rates to cover marketing and promotional activities apply to commercial properties within the Special Rate areas in each of the following shopping precincts:

  • Bentleigh Shopping Centre
  • Carnegie Shopping centre
  • Elsternwick Shopping Centre

How long does the current special rate last?

The Special Rate Scheme for the Carnegie and Elsternwick Shopping Centres expires on 30 June 2017. At its meeting on 21 March 2017, Council resolved to give notice of its intention to declare a new Special Rate on properties in the Carnegie and Elsternwick Shopping Centres to extend the Special Rate Scheme for a further seven (7) years.

The declared special rate for Bentleigh is in effect until 30 June 2021.

How much do I pay?

The basis for calculation is the declared special rate in the dollar (different to the general rate) by the Net Annual Value (NAV) of the property, unless a minimum or maximum cap applies. The benefit levels, maximums and minimums vary between schemes. For further information contact Council's Rates Department.

Will there be a separate rate notice sent?

Yes, a separate notice will be sent for special rates in addition to your general rates notice. The special rates are payable in four instalments.

If you have any questions about the Special Rates that Council has in place or is proposing related to shopping centres, contact Place Making Officer Alex Francis on 9524 3333.