New Decade, New Land Values…. 2020 Land Values on the Rise

By March 12, 2020Property Law
Land Values on the Rise

Landholders in Queensland will have recently received new land valuation issued by the Valuer-General under the Land Valuation Act 2010 (Act).  These valuations reflect land values as at 1 October 2019 and show the Goondiwindi region has increased by 25% overall since the last valuations in 2017.

  • Residential values are generally stable in Goondiwindi, with a moderate increase in Yelarbon, and moderate reductions within Inglewood and Texas.
  • A full market based review of commercial and industrial properties in Goondiwindi has resulted in average increases of 9.5% and 11.5% respectively.
  • Rural land has seen the biggest change with an average increase of 37.9% in land value. Sales activity has shown significant increases in value throughout the larger mixed brigalow farming and irrigated floodplains around Goondiwindi, and to the west around North Talwood.  Rural sales in the balance of the region in particular to the east, with smaller irrigation and mixed farms to large traprock lands, have remained generally stable.

If you have any concern that your valuation is incorrect, particularly if there has been a significant increase from your previous valuation, you must act now to preserve your rights.

How is land valued

Valuations are based on market value, evidenced by sales in the relevant period.  Rural land is valued using the “unimproved value” method, which assumes land is in its natural state without improvements is considered. For non-rural land, “site value” is used, which takes into account site improvements such as filling, clearing, rehabilitating, retaining or preparing the land for development.

Your land valuation is then used to calculate council rates, land tax and state land rental (for leasehold land). Generally, an increase in your valuation over and above similar property in the Shire means an increase in your rates, land tax or land rental.

What do you do if you disagree with your valuation

If you do not agree with your land valuation, you may lodge an objection online using one of the following “acceptable grounds of objection” along with supporting evidence:

  • Sales evidence supports a different value.
  • Physical characteristics or constraints on the use of the land support a different value.
  • Other issues which may affect the valuation.
  • Deduction for site (for land valued site value only)

We have been successful in assisting clients in objecting to valuations in the past where the land type used by the Department in arriving at the valuation was not reflective of the actual land type or where separately titled water entitlements were still included in the land value.

Any objection must be supported by information sufficient to demonstrate that the valuation is wrong. This may require evidence from a valuer, town planner or other expert, as well as any other documentation you have to support your value.  It is therefore advisable to start preparing your objection well in advance of the closing date.

If you have not yet received your latest valuation, you can access it using the Find your annual valuation online search available on the Land Valuations website.

Queensland Globe also gives landowners access to more detailed valuation information allowing users to search for a property or pan the map to areas of interest and zoom down to individual property level.

The opportunity to lodge an objection to your land valuation closes on 05 May 2020.

If you would like more information or assistance with the DNRME valuation and objection process, please contact our office.