About Us

About MRIMRI 2016 Logo 2Welcome to the  Monash Ratepayers  (MR) network

Who are we?


From 2017, MRI operates under the Victorian Portfolio of Ratepayers Australia. We focus on Monash city’s advocacy and governance oversee work. Its operating objectives are governed by ER’s Constitutional Statement of Purpose, which are to:

  1. Be the advocacy voice of ratepayers who are people living and working in eastern Melbourne in matters relating to municipal local government;
  1. Enable local forums through a shared regional platform that enables:
    • News communications, strategic network and partnership development, knowledge exchange and sharing concerning matters of municipal councils
    • Discussions and action taking of matters concerning budgets and rates; municipal service appropriateness and best value; council decision making transparency and accountability, council performance management, council behavioural conduct, local city issues and any other areas of interest
    • Enabling community education, leadership and skills development in ratepayer advocacy activities and community oversee of municipal councils
  1. Be a high impact regional ratepayer peak body contributing to
    • Developing ratepayers centred local government reforms
    • Overseeing and reporting local council governance and compliance performance, including checking local council transparency and accountability
    • Escalating common and regional issues to higher authorities for aiding systematic continuous improvement and integrity assurance.
    • Leading and participating in local community development and advocacy projects.
  1. Assure good governance in councils in eastern Melbourne
  1. Advocate for affordable rates and best value municipal services;
  1. Build regional and local capacity for the community groups in eastern Melbourne to achieve the above.



Since its first inception in Aug 2012, MRI’s accolade achievements to date include collaborating with:

In November 2015, MRI and Knox Ratepayers Association (KRA) strategically merged to become Eastern Ratepayers Inc. Both groups continue to use their brand-names, as official chapters of ER.

Effective from 9 Sept 2017, MRI dissolved its chapter activities with Eastern Ratepayers, however remaining as a loose affiliate with the regional organization. The new directions of MRI no longer aligns with the micro goals of Eastern Ratepayers, but plays a more important roles in contributing to building and sustaining ratepayers and residents’ advocacy and lobby capabilities and future proofing good governance in councils, from  municipal to national levels.



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