We assess your land tax quarterly and base the assessment on the status of the property as of four key dates: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January and 1 April.
The assessments are for each whole quarter; there’s no daily pro-rated land tax liability within a quarter.
From 1 July 2018, you owe land tax on both vacant and rented properties that are not your principal place of residence.
Use our land tax calculator to get an estimate of the land tax you owe. You can also use it to calculate an estimate on your rates and any other relevant levies you may owe.
Components of your land tax
The amount of land tax you pay is made up of two components: a fixed charge and a valuation charge.
The fixed charge for land tax is $1,203.
The valuation charge is calculated by applying a rating factor to the average unimproved value (AUV), which is the average of the property’s unimproved value over the last three years (see Table 1 below). For example, the AUV for 2018–19 is the average of the property’s unimproved value over 2016, 2017, and 2018. So, the ultimate calculation looks like this:
Standard properties = fixed charge + (AUV x rating factors)
Together, the fixed charge and the rate of the AUV add up to the total land tax amount for the year, which is then divided into quarters. The amount for each quarter depends on the number of days in the quarter (see Table 2 below).
Unit title properties
If you own a residential unit, your valuation charge is based on the AUV of the residential portion of the total unit complex (100% if it’s a fully residential complex) and your unit entitlement.
The formula used for residential units is:
((Residential AUV of the Master Property x Marginal Rates) x Unit Entitlement + Fixed Charge) x percentage of the quarter.
Your unit entitlement is divided by the total unit entitlement of all residential units in the complex.
Table 1 – Marginal rates that apply to property AUV
Up to $150,000
0.50% of the base value
From $150,000 to $275,000
$750 plus 0.60% of the part of the base value that is more than $150,000
From $275,001 to $2,000,000
$1,500 plus 1.08% of the part of the base value that is more than $275,000
$2,000,000 and higher
$20,130 plus 1.10% of the part of the base value that is more than $2,000,000
Table 2 – Percentages that apply to land tax calculations by quarter
Non-leap year (%)
Leap year (%)
July to September
October to December
January to March
April to June
A Certificate of Rates, Land Tax and Other Charges enables property owners applying for the certificate to calculate the amount of rates, land tax and other charges they should allow for at a property transfer settlement.
The ACT Revenue Office is not responsible for calculating these settlement balances; the new owners are responsible for these calculations and for paying any owed money following the settlement and transfer of a property. From 1 July 2018, the fee for a Certificate of Rates, Land Tax and Other Charges is $117.
To apply for a Certificate of Rates, Land Tax and Other Charges:
- lodge your application form
- complete the necessary declaration stating that the certificate is for conveyancing purposes only
- pay the $117 fee.
The ACT Revenue Office will then issue your certificate.
When we process your application, we can deliver your certificate to you by post, fax depending on what you specify in your application.