321 Koornang Rd

Carnegie VIC 3146


© 2019 Ratepayers Victoria Inc


Ratepayers Victoria Inc has been representing the interests of Ratepayers for over 20 years

There are over 3 million ratepayers in the state of Victoria

Ratepayers deliver around $10 Billion in rates revenue to Local Councils

There are 79 Councils in the State of Victoria

Our aim is to be the premier ratepayer advocacy group in Victoria


We advocate for a lowering of rates.

Rates have risen substantially over the past 2 decades and with declining property values across Victoria, this places a high burden on ratepayers household budgets.


We work extensively to pressure councils to lower wasteful spending and ensure value for money in the delivery of services to ratepayers. Councils are often criticised fairly for wasteful spending. We aim to hold them to account.


Councils often make a lot of decision in "secret". We seek to end the "secrecy"

The cornerstone of Local Government must be transparency within all parts of their operation.

We also believe good councils operate with a "commercial acumen" and prove benefit to ratepayers in all their spending

From our President - Dean Hurlston

"I am delighted to lead the Ratepayers Victoria Team and better represent the more than  3 million ratepayers across Victoria. As the only state ratepayer advocacy group we look forward to helping ratepayers achieve better outcomes and less waste in council spending. Local government has a lot of improving to do"

Dean has been advocating for community issues for years and is a passionate believer in People Power.

"Councils often trade in ratepayer APATHY, we seek to change that!"

Dean is well experienced to lead the Ratepayers Victoria team through  change. Dean regularly is invited to speak in community meetings and is the face of Ratepayers Victoria in the media. With extensive commercial experience in Sales, Legal, Property and Finance areas, Dean is a fresh face for Ratepayers Victoria.

Our committee

Ratepayers Victoria is represented by a collective group who have diverse backgrounds comprising of:

  • Accountants

  • Auditors

  • Tax Agents

  • Property Professionals

  • Financial Controllers

  • Lawyers

  • Administrators

  • Managers