is an independent website that provides ratepayers financial information about local governments across Australia, including how each council spends, raises and manages its money.

The City of Melville has welcomed State Government’s latest initiative, the MyCouncil website, which aims to improve financial transparency across the local government sector.

Ratepayers across the State now have access to information about:

  • how a local government manages and spends its money
  • the long term health of the organisation
  • the local government's ability to sustain service levels to the community

More about the City of Melville's financial data.


Financial Health Indicator*

Scoring 99 out of 100 for Financial Health, the City of Melville is currently ranked as the highest performing council in the State for 2014/15, up from its score of 93 in 2013/14 and 82 in 2012/13.

*The Financial Health Indicator score is calculated from seven financial ratios that local governments are required to report on annually. Each financial ratio is scored and the weighted average then calculated to give an overall score out of 100. The benchmark score is 70, with a highest possible score of 100.

Rates Increase

While Melville’s real rate increase for 2014/15 was 6.98 per cent, the rate increase indicated on mycouncil was 40 per cent*. The average increase for residential properties was 4.9 per cent.

*The variance is due mainly to the inclusion of the 2014/15 Residential Waste and Recycling charges within general rates for the first time, giving eligible seniors and pensioners some additional financial relief by now having access to State rebates on the Waste and Recycling component of their annual rates. 

With the rates you pay, the City of Melville provides more than 200 products and services that all contribute towards making Melville a safer and more desirable place to live. Find out more from our A-Z Services Guide.

Employee Costs - FTE (Full Time Equivalent)

The City’s employee cost growth rate has remained under 7 per cent for the past four financial years, with the 2014/15 metro average currently 6.5 per cent. The City of Melville had 482 FTE for its 106,000 residents.

When looking at the data presented in ratepayers must take into account differing financial approaches across local governments.

Operating Expenditure by Program

The Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996 requires local governments to use specific ‘program areas’ when reporting expenditure.

In 2014/15, all of the City’s expenditure classifications were reviewed and re-classified, where required, resulting in the increases and decreases that can be seen in some areas.