Rates

Land valuations

The value of your land determines the rates you’ll pay.

What is unimproved value?

Some Territory taxes like rates and land tax are calculated using the unimproved value of a block of land. Unimproved values are determined by qualified, independent valuers.

The unimproved value is what the block of land is worth without any improvements on it, such as buildings, landscaping, paths and fences.

This is different from the full value or market value of the block, which would include the value added to the land by improvements.

Valuation notices

We send all property owners a valuation notice with their annual rates assessment notice to let them know their unimproved value as of 1 January. So, for example, you’ll receive your unimproved value at 1 January 2017 for the 2017–18 rates assessment notice.

For valuation purposes, we treat unit title developments as single properties and send the valuation notice to the owners corporation; we don’t send individual valuation notices to unit owners.

How are values assessed?

Valuers assess the unimproved value of each block by looking at the sale prices of similar properties. When possible, they use the sale price of vacant land in the area for comparison, making adjustments for any individual differences, such as size, location, aspect and view that may impact the value of each block.

If there have been no sales of vacant land in the area or in comparable areas, valuers work from the sales of improved properties and deduct amounts for improvements. From this information, they calculate an unimproved value of the sale blocks and use these to assess the unimproved value of other blocks.

Why do values change?

Land values rarely remain the same over time. Values within the same area and between areas may change, and the prices people are willing to pay when they buy property are good indicators of these changes. To make sure the land values used for determining rates are as current as possible, our office engages qualified contract valuers to carry out a general revaluation of all parcels of land annually. 

Objecting to a valuation

If you’re an owner, and you think your latest unimproved value is incorrect, you can lodge an objection to the new land value. Learn more about objecting to a decision