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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.

Annual payments

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

20202021 MSW (tonnes)

Population Change index

Banana Shire Council

6,762

-0.39%

Brisbane City Council

414,485

1.09%

Bundaberg Regional Council

37,962

0.95%

Burdekin Shire Council

5,252

0.00%

Cairns Regional Council

10,589

1.52%

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

12,373

0.36%

Central Highlands Regional Council

12,538

0.18%

Charters Towers Regional Council

6,368

0.11%

Cook Shire Council

1,277

0.40%

Douglas Shire Council

507

0.91%

Fraser Coast Regional Council

31,163

0.96%

Gladstone Regional Council

17,982

0.70%

Gold Coast City Council

236,653

1.99%

Goondiwindi Regional Council

5,669

-0.07%

Gympie Regional Council

17,702

0.71%

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

3,487

-0.89%

Ipswich City Council

82,071

4.18%

Isaac Regional Council

9,853

0.56%

Livingstone Shire Council

12,836

1.65%

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

11,863

1.59%

Logan City Council

123,676

2.30%

Mackay Regional Council

47,058

1.19%

Maranoa Regional Council

8,942

0.01%

Mareeba Shire Council

1,712

1.07%

Moreton Bay Regional Council

169,494

1.84%

Mount Isa City Council

10,493

-0.14%

Noosa Shire Council

26,762

0.74%

North Burnett Regional Council

4,038

-0.02%

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

TBC

1.24%

Redland City Council

52,789

0.95%

Rockhampton Regional Council

25,588

0.98%

Scenic Rim Regional Council

15,449

2.00%

Somerset Regional Council

12,393

1.77%

South Burnett Regional Council

17,573

0.50%

Southern Downs Regional Council

21,066

0.36%

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

105,212

2.16%

Tablelands Regional Council

9,213

0.70%

Toowoomba Regional Council

59,330

0.87%

Townsville City Council

71,540

1.55%

Western Downs Regional Council

13,503

0.61%

Whitsunday Regional Council

13,845

1.16%

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

217

-0.73%

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

569

1.11%