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Wodonga Ratepayer Class Action Investigation

After investigating the matter carefully we have formed the view that, at this stage, the Wodonga ratepayers would not benefit from the commencement of proceedings against the Wodonga City Council in respect of this matter. We will continue to monitor the position and if the situation changes we will notify all involved.


A report by the Victorian ombudsman has found that the Wodonga City Council was overcharging ratepayers in relation to their waste collection levy from at least 2008 until 2017. These amounts were used for a number of other council expenses, not directly attributable to waste collection. The ombudsman has found that these actions were likely contrary to the intentions of the Local Government Act. Shine Lawyers are currently investigating commencing proceedings on behalf of ratepayers to recover the overcharged amounts.

Am I eligible?

Currently, to be eligible to join the class action, you must have paid rates (including the waste collection levy) to the Wodonga City Council at any time in the period from 2008-2017. Please note that the eligibility criteria for the class action may be amended as investigations progress. We'll keep you informed if anything changes.

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Who is Shine Lawyers' Class Action team?

Shine Lawyers' Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced partners, associates, solicitors and support staff, including researchers, law clerks and paralegals.

The team handling the Wodonga Ratepayers Class Action includes:

Jan SaddlerJoshua AylwardTristan Gaven
Jan SaddlerJoshua AylwardTristian Gaven

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