Property Valuation

Each year, the Valuer-General independently and objectively determines Site and Capital Values
for all rateable properties across the State. The Valuer-General also undertakes
specialist valuations for government and statutory authorities
on financial, disposal and acquisition matters.

Property valuations determined as part of the annual General Valuation aim to reflect market value and are based on how the market has performed in the prior calendar year. The Date of Valuation is 1 January and valuations come into effect on 1 July each year.

There are approximately 914,000 records, with Site and Capital Values for each resulting in over 1.85 million assessments to be undertaken every year.

Mass appraisal is the primary valuation methodology which identifies submarket groups which are then analysed using sales evidence to derive an annual index. Indexation occurs across submarket groups and is not applied to specific properties, rather the submarket group as a whole.

Capital Values are used to determine:

Most council rates

Emergency Services Levy

Water and sewerage rates

Site Values are used to determine:

Some regional council rates

Land Tax

A notice of valuation is delivered to a property owner on statutory authority notices, including Local Government, SA Water and Revenue SA.
A property owner or occupier has the right to object to the valuation and have the Valuer-General’s decision reviewed by an Independent Valuer (Review by Valuer) and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT).


How properties are valued
Every year valuers analyse property sales and market trends to determine levels of value. This is then applied to each individual property for both Site and Capital Values.

Physical attributes that determine
property similarities include:

Location

Site Use

The highest and best use of the land

Site influences

Shape, topography, nearby uses, and frontage

The building

size, age, condition, style, improvements and construction type

Site details

Land classification, zoning, land area and heritage restrictions

How to find your property's valuation

Your property's value can be found via:

  • Statutory authority notices such as council rates, water and sewerage rates or Emergency Services Levy and land tax (where applicable)
  • South Australian Land Information System (SAILIS) - online land and property information