Rating Strategy

Engagement on this project is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the engagement activities.

We are now analysing the information received and will report back soon on the outcome of this project.


The City of Hobart is reviewing its Rating Strategy to make sure we have a rating system that is fair for the whole City, sustainable, affordable for the community, easy to understand and supports ratepayers capacity to pay.

The rates we collect are a form of property tax. The value of a property is used to determine what each property owner pays. Rates fund essential programs, services and infrastructure for the community.

The City of Hobart has decided to change the property valuation base it uses for rating from Assessed Annual Value to Capital Value. While the Council has endorsed the change of valuation base, how the rating system is implemented is explored in an Options Paper. Community feedback is now being sought on the Options Paper.

The Options Paper:

  • Provides the community and stakeholders with information about rating
  • Addresses different rating systems including municipal charges and differential rating across different land uses (e.g. commercial, residential, industrial)
  • Proposes a number of options for how rates could be charged on different kinds of properties in the municipal area

You can download the Options Paper under the document section found on the right hand side of this page. You can also find the City's current Rates and Charges Policy in the same section.

If you would like to know more about the Rating Strategy, why we need to review it and how it will be used, you can read through the FAQs, which can be found on the right hand side of this page. You can also use the Online Q&A tool to ask us a question.


Your feedback will help us establish the fairest rating system for how rates should be charged on different kinds of properties.

Have your say!

You can have your say in the following ways:

  1. Complete the online survey below
  2. Attend a drop-in information session to have a chat about the project
    • Friday 19 January, 3-4:30pm
      Lady Osborne Meeting Room, Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St

    • Thursday 25 January, 5-7pm
      Elizabeth Street Conference Room, 7 Elizabeth Street

    • Tuesday 30 January, 8:30-10am
      Lady Osborne Meeting Room, Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street
  1. Make a written submission via:
  • The online form below
  • Hand deliver it to our Customer Service Centre or Town Hall
  • Post: Manager Rates, Procurement & Risk, Lara MacDonell, GPO Box 503, Hobart, TAS 7001

Note: Printed copies of the survey are also available at the City of Hobart Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart


Engagement for this project is open from 29 November 2023 until 2 February 2024.




Engagement on this project is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the engagement activities.

We are now analysing the information received and will report back soon on the outcome of this project.


The City of Hobart is reviewing its Rating Strategy to make sure we have a rating system that is fair for the whole City, sustainable, affordable for the community, easy to understand and supports ratepayers capacity to pay.

The rates we collect are a form of property tax. The value of a property is used to determine what each property owner pays. Rates fund essential programs, services and infrastructure for the community.

The City of Hobart has decided to change the property valuation base it uses for rating from Assessed Annual Value to Capital Value. While the Council has endorsed the change of valuation base, how the rating system is implemented is explored in an Options Paper. Community feedback is now being sought on the Options Paper.

The Options Paper:

  • Provides the community and stakeholders with information about rating
  • Addresses different rating systems including municipal charges and differential rating across different land uses (e.g. commercial, residential, industrial)
  • Proposes a number of options for how rates could be charged on different kinds of properties in the municipal area

You can download the Options Paper under the document section found on the right hand side of this page. You can also find the City's current Rates and Charges Policy in the same section.

If you would like to know more about the Rating Strategy, why we need to review it and how it will be used, you can read through the FAQs, which can be found on the right hand side of this page. You can also use the Online Q&A tool to ask us a question.


Your feedback will help us establish the fairest rating system for how rates should be charged on different kinds of properties.

Have your say!

You can have your say in the following ways:

  1. Complete the online survey below
  2. Attend a drop-in information session to have a chat about the project
    • Friday 19 January, 3-4:30pm
      Lady Osborne Meeting Room, Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St

    • Thursday 25 January, 5-7pm
      Elizabeth Street Conference Room, 7 Elizabeth Street

    • Tuesday 30 January, 8:30-10am
      Lady Osborne Meeting Room, Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street
  1. Make a written submission via:
  • The online form below
  • Hand deliver it to our Customer Service Centre or Town Hall
  • Post: Manager Rates, Procurement & Risk, Lara MacDonell, GPO Box 503, Hobart, TAS 7001

Note: Printed copies of the survey are also available at the City of Hobart Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart


Engagement for this project is open from 29 November 2023 until 2 February 2024.




  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City has developed five options for how council rates can be structured. We are now seeking community feedback on which option is the most fair and equitable distribution of rates.

    It’s important to note:

    • The options proposed don’t have any impact on the total amount of rates and charges raised by the City.
    • In all of the options some properties will pay more and some properties will pay less.
    • The Council does not favour any particular option and will make its decision after considering community and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you have your own idea on other options for how rates could be structured, we’d love to hear them. Please make a written submission and let us know.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your suggestions and comments. Please remember that written submission should be in response to the Options Paper. Written submissions outside of the scope of this project will not be considered.

    You can enter your written submission directly in the text box or upload a file.

    Make a submission
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