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About statutory land valuations in Queensland

Impact of floods and adverse events on valuations

We understand some Queenslanders are doing it tough after recent flooding events. The following information outlines how flood events are considered in your land valuation, as well as what you can do if your land has been damaged by flooding.

When reviewing a valuation due to an adverse natural event, we consider a range of issues, including:

  • property sales within flood-affected areas that may be subject to severe or minor flooding events from time to time
  • the use of the land
  • whether this type of event has occurred previously and is already reflected in the valuation
  • permanent physical damage to the land
  • the level, extent and duration of any flood inundation
  • the date when the damage or loss of value to the land occurred
  • the length of time before rural land can be brought back into full production, where applicable

As we are valuing your land only, structures on your land such as houses, buildings and fences are not considered when calculating land values.

Because the full impact of adverse natural causes on the market value of land may not be evident for some time after the event, we continue to monitor market movements and reflect any market effects at the next revaluation.

Valuers consider a range of information including:

  • property sales within flood-affected areas that may be subject to severe or minor flooding events from time to time
  • the use of the land
  • the date when the damage or loss of value to the land occurred.

As we are valuing your land only, structures on your land such as houses, buildings and fences are not considered when calculating land values.

Examples of permanent damage in urban areas would be the loss of land from a flooding river or a loss of development potential due to a permanent change to the physical nature of the land. For example, a creek boundary changing due to erosion of the creek bank. In agricultural areas, it includes a loss in the arable area of a farm, permanent silting of a watercourse or loss of topsoil.

If your land has suffered permanent damage as a result of an adverse natural event, you can write to the Valuer-General within 6 months of the permanent damage occurring requesting a change in valuation, and providing supporting documentation.

If you received a notice this year and disagree with your land valuation, you can lodge an objection within 60 days of the date of issue. You can lodge an objection either in writing or online.

The 60-day objection period for the 2022 land valuations closes on 30 May 2022.

You can apply for a change in valuation within 6 months of the permanent damage occurring by writing to the Valuer-General.

Post your written application to the Valuer-General at the address at the top of your valuation notice. You can also send or take it to your nearest business centre.

Related information

In this guide:

  1. What is considered when valuing land?
  2. How rural land is valued: unimproved value
  3. How non-rural land is valued: site value
  4. Understanding your valuation notice
  5. How land valuations are used
  6. Why your neighbour's valuation may be different from yours
  7. What to do if you disagree with your valuation
  8. Impact of floods and adverse events on valuations
  9. Privacy and use of information

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