Guideline on Equity and Fairness in Rating

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Janette Young
19 Hummock Road
Total Signatures - 1,104
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 21/2/2023
Closing Date: 15/8/2023
Tabled Date: 22/8/2023
Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 21/9/2023
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House, Queensland councils generate approximately 65% of their operating income through rates revenue. There are established Queensland Rating Guidelines which include principles on predictability, fairness and equity in rating decisions, but no legal obligation on councils to follow these guidelines or to provide justification for rating decisions. As a result, councils’ approach to rating decisions is inconsistent across the State and often lack transparency and accountability in this area of decision-making. This is leading to rate bill shocks in many local government areas across Queensland which are hurting business and industry and impeding potential investment and economic growth.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to legislate the Guideline on Equity and Fairness in Rating for Queensland local governments to ensure all Queensland councils are bound by its principles.