About your rates

Your rates are helping us build a strong, connected Kingston community with great facilities, services and support for all.

We have worked hard to develop a responsible Budget that secures our financial sustainability while delivering high-quality services to help our community.

In all we do, Council is working to meet the goals of our Council Plan 2021-2025, which was developed in partnership with our community.

  1. Our city will be a vibrant, enjoyable and easy place to live.
  2. We prioritise our environment and reduce our impact on the earth.
  3. We will embrace the concept of a 20-minute neighbourhood, support the ongoing process of decentralisation and support people to live and work locally.
  4. We are progressive and inclusive and prioritise the wellbeing of all members of our community.
  5. Our community will feel safe and be safe, in all aspects of their lives.
  6. Council will be collaborative, accountable, transparent, responsive, well-informed and efficient.

Highlights of our $85.7m capital works program

Sport & Recreation

  • Progress development of our new Aquatic & Leisure Centre
  • New/upgraded sporting facilities at Souter Reserve (Dingley Village) and Regent’s Park (Aspendale)
  • New sports lighting projects

Community facilities

  • Funding for new and upgraded early years and kinder facilities
  • Chelsea Men’s Shed relocation & improvements
  • Revitalise Edithvale shopping strip
  • New library collection items

Playgrounds and open space

  • New pocket park in Highett
  • New playground at Mentone foreshore
  • Masterplanning for Namatjira Park

Green Wedge

  • Investment in our newest park - Elder Street South Reserve, Clarinda
  • Remediation works on parklands that were former landfill sites
  • Recycled water supply in Kingston’s Green Wedge (purple pipeline)

Climate emergency

  • Urban Cooling projects
  • Environmental efficiency upgrades
  • Solar initiatives

Vital infrastructure

  • Road & footpath improvements
  • Public toilet upgrades
  • Road & footpath improvements
  • Drainage flood mitigation
  • Inner Harbour Boardwalk works and DDA access to the jetty

Community services

We also deliver over 120 vital community services including:

  • Waste collection
  • Aged Care Support
  • Kingston Libraries
  • Immunisations
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Waves Leisure Centre
  • Festivals & Events
  • Planning services
  • Business support
  • and much more...

Your rates explained

Kingston is once again able to meet the Victorian Government’s rate cap, which sets Council’s overall increase in total average rates at 2.75% this coming financial year.

Why do some property rates go up by more than 2.75%, while others go down?

Not everyone’s rates will go up by 2.75%. Your rates could increase by more or less than 2.75% because rates are affected by changes in the value of your property. Properties right across Kingston are now independently valued every year by the Victorian Valuer-General. Higher value properties pay a greater share, while lower valued properties pay a smaller share.

The key issue in determining your share is how your property value has moved in comparison to the average movement of properties in Kingston.

Example resident – Jamie

Jaime’s property value has decreased but their rates have increased. This is because other property values in Kingston also decreased, but by more than Jaime’s. This means Jaime’s property value is still higher than the average and pays a greater share of the rates bill.

Example resident – Lee

Lee’s rates have decreased. This is because Lee’s property value has dropped by more than other properties in Kingston, therefore their share of the overall rates bill has dropped.

Flexible ways to pay


Choose flexible weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments straight from your bank account, debit or credit card using Payble.

You can control your payments via your mobile device or computer, with the option to change payment frequency to suit your changing needs.

SMS reminders before each debit are available so you never miss a flexible payment.

Sign up for flexible Payble payments by scanning the QR code on your rates notice.

Full payment

To pay your rates in full, please make payment by 15 February.

4 X Easy Instalments

  1. 30 September 2024
  2. 30 November 2024
  3. 28 February 2025
  4. 31 March 2025

Please note: if you don’t pay your first instalment by 30 September, you automatically opt into a single full payment.

10 X Direct-Debit Instalments

10 payments debited from your nominated cheque or savings account monthly.

How to pay your rates

You can pay your rates online, via phone, in person or by post.

With plenty of options, there’s something to suit your needs. See your rates notice for further details.

Hardship support

If you are having difficulty paying your rates, our Hardship Policy can assist with interest-free arrangements. Applications can be discreetly made online to protect your privacy. Find out if you're eligible or call us on 1300 653 356.

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More information

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