Rates and Charges for Elected Members

We provide a range of nationally recognised qualifications (local government specific) and council-specific non-accredited short courses as well as other professional development training options.


For many councils, rates, levies, fees and charges are their main source of revenue besides Queensland and Australian Government grant funding.

Our program covers how rates and charges are calculated; the Acts and Regulations that apply to the decision-making process; and how to evaluate and determine the range of services required by councils to help establish rates charges.

Course Topics

Revenue Sources

  • Rates and charges

  • Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012)
  • Cost recovery fees
  • Other revenue sources


  • Revenue policy
  • Sustainable financial management
  • Costs of delivery/supply
  • Revenue statement

Revenue Raising

  • Identify revenue needs (planning, budgeting, and service delivery)
  • What does your community want?
  • Willingness to pay
  • Capacity to general income
  • Impact of charges
  • Set rates and charges

Rating Scenarios

  • Rate revenue targets
  • Scenarios discussed
  • Minimum general rate
  • Differencing rates 

Course Details




Class Size



Interactive Workshop 1 Day Max 15 On request

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Upcoming Dates:

    15 August 2024, 9am-3pm
    Virtual Classroom