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 
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"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 and is thrilled to work with such a competent and diverse team.

"This team is a fantastic team of people committed to our ratepayers"

Current Committee Members

Dean Hurlston - President

Kelvin Granger - Vice-President

Lynnette Saloumi- Secretary

Verity Webb - acting Treasurer

Arthur Bregiannis-member

Dr Chan Cheah-member

Claudio Bevilacqua-member

Eric Platt-member

Click the heading to read our current constitution.

Our committee

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

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Legal

  • Administration

  • Audit, Risk & Compliance

  • Future Strategy

  • Governance

  • Marketing & Communications

  • Company Directors

  • Logistics

Special Tribute - Vale Jack Davis
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Ratepayers  Victoria pays special tribute to our founder, Jack Davis, who passed away in October 2021. Jack was a dedicated and determined advocate for simpler, honest and effective Councils and devoted thousands of hours during his lifetime to supporting individual ratepayers and community groups across Victoria.

We miss him.