The levy zone includes 39 out of 77 local government areas. This covers around 90 per cent of Queensland’s population and is where the majority of waste is generated and disposed.
To ensure that the waste levy has no direct impact on households, the Queensland Government provides councils which dispose of household waste in the levy zone with an annual advance payment. The formula for calculating these annual payments is set out in the regulation. A total of 43 councils are eligible for the advance payments—39 located inside the levy zone and four (Cook, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah and Palm Island councils) located outside of the levy zone, but which dispose of their waste in the levy zone.
Councils are also provided with a supplementary payment to offset the direct cost of the levy for most households with a council commercial waste collection service. This may include caravan parks, manufactured home parks, retirement villages, boarding houses, gated communities and rural residents.
For the small proportion of households that are not be covered by the supplementary payments to council, proprietors of eligible households can apply for assistance under the Household Waste Payment Scheme. Eligible households have either a private commercial waste collection service, or a council commercial waste collection service where the premise is a mix of residential and commercial uses (e.g. a block of flats with shops at the bottom).
More information or to apply: Household Waste Payment Scheme.
The annual payment covers municipal solid waste generated in a local government area that is delivered to a waste disposal site in the levy zone.
Municipal solid waste includes household kerbside collected waste (i.e. wheelie bins), domestic self-haul waste and waste from litter bins, street sweepings and public place maintenance.
A local government must use the annual payment amount (paid from the state) to mitigate any direct impact of the waste levy on households. The formula for the annual payment is set out in the supporting regulation.
Councils are able to invest any surplus funds in measures that reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
Rates notices issued by a local government during the year that the annual payment relates to must include a statement that informs the ratepayer of the amount received by the local government and that the purpose of the payment is to mitigate any direct impacts of the levy on households.
Councils are to be mindful that a failure to provide information on relevant rates notices or distributing misinformation may result in the department refusing to make a further annual payment until the local government provides the information to its ratepayers, or informs the intended audience of the distribution how the misinformation was false or misleading.
A commitment is made in the regulation to publish the municipal solid waste (MSW) tonnages and the projected population change adjustment used to calculate the payments for each local government area. For the 2020–2021 payment, these figures are provided in the table below.
Local government area
2020–2021 MSW (tonnes)
Population Change index
Banana Shire Council
Brisbane City Council
Bundaberg Regional Council
Burdekin Shire Council
Cairns Regional Council
Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Central Highlands Regional Council
Charters Towers Regional Council
Cook Shire Council
Douglas Shire Council
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Gold Coast City Council
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Gympie Regional Council
Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Ipswich City Council
Isaac Regional Council
Livingstone Shire Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Logan City Council
Mackay Regional Council
Maranoa Regional Council
Mareeba Shire Council
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Mount Isa City Council
Noosa Shire Council
North Burnett Regional Council
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
Redland City Council
Rockhampton Regional Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council
South Burnett Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Tablelands Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council
Townsville City Council
Western Downs Regional Council
Whitsunday Regional Council
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council