17 March 2023. 

AgForce is urging Queensland landholders not to delay if they want to object to new land valuations – or risk being lumped with higher council rates and land rent.

The Valuer-General has today issued land valuations for 24 local government areas in Queensland - Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Brisbane, Burdekin, Cloncurry, Flinders, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Maranoa, McKinlay, Mount Isa, Noosa, Richmond, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Tablelands, Weipa, and Western Downs.

The valuations reflect land values as at 1 October 2022, and are effective from 30 June 2023.

Some of the highest rises are in Mount Isa (301 per cent), Cloncurry (290 per cent), McKinlay (178 per cent), Richmond (168 per cent), and Flinders (158 per cent).

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said the time for landholders to speak up was now, with objections needing to be lodged with the Valuer-General by 16 May 2023.

“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right,” he said.

“In recent years, AgForce has assisted many members secure significant reductions in valuations, resulting in large savings, and once again we are ready to assist with our free workshops to help people assess their valuations and find out more about the objection process.

AgForce’s valuer John Moore said responsibility for ensuring values were correct lay with landowners, not local governments.

“Unimproved values are done by mass appraisal, meaning your property isn’t individually valued so errors can occur,” Mr Moore said.

“It’s important you object to your new valuation if you believe the unimproved value is too high, because it could result in large savings in rates or rent.

“But you only have until 16 May to do so, so I urge landowners to begin the process today.”

Landowners who disagree with their valuation and are able to provide supporting information can lodge their objection online or at the address shown at the top of their valuation notice by 16 May 2023.

If you don’t have internet access, please call 1300 664 217 to request an objection kit.

Specific information on market movements in the 24 local government areas revalued in 2023 can be found on the land valuations website.


Media Contact: AgForce CEO Michael Guerin 0488 002 092