The purpose of this policy is to support best practice ethical revenue and debt collection practices.
This policy aims to ensure the City works with ratepayers and general debtors who have a willingness but not the capacity to pay, and treat them with fairness, equity and sensitivity.
Local Government Act 1989 - Section 181
Section 181 of the Local Government Act allows Council to sell properties where rates and charges are more than three years overdue.
The City’s Revenue and Debt Collection Policy outlines the circumstances and process for the sale of land to recover debts.
The City shall utilise the sale provisions under Section 181 of the Act in the following circumstances:
- Where all other recovery attempts have failed; and
- Where at least three full years rates and charges remain unpaid
Preparation for sale of property should commence:
- As soon as permitted under the Act; and
- Where five years rates and charges remain unpaid for owner occupied dwellings
The City intends on or after the 18 September 2023 to sell the following property:
Lot 3 on Plan of Subdivision 208838W being the land described in Certificate of Title Volume 9787 Folio 874 at Lot 3 Axedale-Crosbie Road, Toolleen Vic 3551.
The City intends on or after the 13 October 2023 to sell the following property:
Lot 6 on Registered Plan of Strata Subdivision 017889 being the land described in Certificate of Title Volume 9475 Folio 274 at 6/52 Happy Valley Road, Ironbark Vic 3550.
Please contact the Rates team on 1300 002 642 if you have any queries.