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An absentee owner surcharge applies to Victorian land owned by an absentee owner. 

If you are an absentee owner at 31 December, you must tell us before 15 January of the following year.

Once you have notified us that you are an absentee owner via our Absentee Owner Notification Portal, your land tax assessments will include the absentee owner surcharge. We assume that your absentee owner status is current and apply the absentee owner surcharge unless you notify us otherwise. 

  1. Confirm your absentee owner status

    An absentee owner is one of the following:  

    Each of these terms has a specific meaning. Refer to each term for more information and to see if the absentee owner surcharge applies to you. 

    Jointly owned land

    How the absentee owner surcharge applies to jointly owned land depends on how many of the joint owners are absentee owners. 

    Absentee owners and jointly owned land

    Land tax groups

    Absentee corporations may be part of a land tax group. There are 2 ways you can notify us:

    • A person representing the land tax group (using the land tax group’s customer number) can notify us on behalf of each member of the group. 
    • Each member of the land tax group can notify us separately.

    Do I have to pay the absentee owner surcharge?

    Use our online tool to help determine whether you have to pay the absentee owner surcharge.

    Am I liable for the absentee owner surcharge?

  2. Gather required information

    Once you’ve determined your absentee owner status, you need the following information to complete your notification: 

    • your State Revenue Office customer number
    • your assessment number which you can find on your land tax assessment
    • contact name
    • contact email address, and
    • mobile number.

    If you haven't received a land tax assessment, and don't know your customer number and assessment number, please submit your notification via our contact us page. 

  3. Complete and submit your notification

    With the above information, log into our portal and fill in your details. The notification should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Once you are satisfied that your information is correct and complete, please submit your notification.

    Access the Absentee Owner Notification Portal


Next Steps

Once you have submitted your notification you will receive an email confirmation. Please keep this for your records. We will assess you for land tax on the basis of your notification.  

Last modified: 10 April 2024

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