Apply for a farm rate

You may be eligible for a reduced farm rate if you own property that is:  

  • 2 hectares or greater in size 
  • used primarily for farming purposes as a business. 

The farm rate for 2022-2023 is a 20% discount off your general rate.  


To be eligible for the farm rate you must own property that is 2 hectares or greater in size and used as 'farm land'. 

The term ‘farm land’ applies to any rateable land that is used for farming purposes as a business, including: 

  • grazing 
  • poultry-farming  
  • market garden 
  • viticulture (cultivation of grapes) 

As a farming business, your property must: 

  • have a commercial purpose 
  • be making a profit or have a reasonable prospect of making a profit from your farming activities (as required in Section 2 of the Valuation of Land Act 1960 (Vic)). 

Apply online

Step 1.Prepare your application

Download and complete the Application for a Farm Rate(PDF, 274KB) form.  

Step 2.Submit your application 

Email your completed application form to 

Step 3.What happens next?

We will assess your application. If an inspection is required we will contact you to arrange a suitable time. 

If approved:

  • you will receive a confirmation
  • your farm rate concession will be applied to your annual rates notice.

Please note: assessment times may vary depending on your application.