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A land tax absentee owner surcharge applies to Victorian land owned by an absentee person. This surcharge increased to 1.5 per cent on 1 January 2017.

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, your land tax assessments will include the absentee owner surcharge. We will also assume that your absentee owner status is current and apply the absentee owner surcharge unless you notify us otherwise. 

Please refer to our information on the absentee owner surcharge to determine if you are an absentee owner. 


Confirm your absentee owner status

An absentee person is one of the following:  

Each of these terms has a specific meaning. You should refer to each term for further information to see if the absentee owner surcharge applies to you. 

Jointly owned land

If all of the joint owners of the land are absentee persons, the surcharge also applies to jointly owned land

Absentee joint owners can either choose for one joint owner to notify us on behalf of all the joint owners using the joint ownership customer number, or each joint owner can notify us separately using their individual SRO customer number.

Land tax groups

Absentee corporations may be part of a land tax group. There are two 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, or
  • Each member of the land tax group can notify us separately

Interactive customer eligibility tool

Please use our eligibility tool to help you to determine if you are liable (if you have to pay) the surcharge.

Are you liable?


Gather required information

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

  • Your SRO customer number,
  • Your assessment number which you can find on your land tax assessment,
  • Contact name,
  • Contact email address, and
  • Mobile number

Complete and submit your notification

With the above information, log into our portal and fill in your details. Your notification should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Access the portal

Once you are satisfied that your information is correct and complete, please submit your notification.  

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.