Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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Dorset - challenging the status quo

At Dorset we do things differently

We believe Councils should be efficient, should provide more value to ratepayers and can implement practical initiatives to stimulate and create an investment friendly environment.   Our philosophy is to keep rates and fees and charges amongst the lowest in regional Australia, support business investment and make Council facilities free of charge to the community.

Did you know....

  • rates on a typical house in Scottsdale are 30% lower than our Local Government neighbours at George Town and St Helens
  • there have been no increases in Council fees and charges since 1 July 2015

  • all Council buildings are free of charge to community groups
  • all recreational facilities are free of charge to sporting groups
  • entry to Council swimming pools is free of charge

  • Council waives all approval fees for businesses
  • Council doesn’t charge an annual food registration licence fee
  • new small businesses receive rate rebates
  • expanding businesses receive rate rebates
New Business Investment Assistance

Latest News

Feb 24, 2021

Annual General Meeting & Invite for Public Submissions

The Dorset Council will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Upstairs Training Room, Scottsdale Library, 51 King Street, Scottsdale on Monday, 15 March 2021 starting at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.
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Feb 19, 2021

2021 Education Scholarship Recipients Announced

Dorset Council are excited to announce the recipients of the 2021 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships. All scholarships in this program have been named in honour of the late Mayor Barry Jarvis, who was a strong advocate of education in Dorset.
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Feb 17, 2021

Proposed Speed Zone Change | Gladstone Road HERRICK

Dorset Council is considering increasing the speed limit in the township of Herrick from the current 50km/h to 60km/h.
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