- Last updated:
- 01 Aug 2020
Council funds many services and facilities through rates payments. These services include:
- community services including libraries
- local roads and transport
- parks and gardens
- economic initiatives.
A full list of rates and charges is available in council's Revenue Statement.
Council issues rates notices twice a year:
- in January – for the six month period from 1 January to 30 June
- in July – for the six month period from 1 July to 31 December.
Additional rate notices may also be issued when there have been adjustments to the rates and charges levied in January or July.
The value of your land, along with the main or primary land use, is the basis for the calculation of the general rate. The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) sets this rateable value.
For valuation enquiries please contact DNRME.
There are 49 general rate categories determined for 2020/21. These categories are detailed in section 3.2.2(a) in the Revenue Statement. Every property in the region has been allocated one of these 49 categories. Each category has a 'cents in the dollar rate'. General rates are calculated by multiplying the rateable value of a property by the category's 'cents in the dollar rate'. The minimum charge applies when the resulting amount is below the set minimum general rate for the category.
If you believe your general rate category is incorrect you can object. The only grounds for objection is that you believe your property should be in another category. Objections should be lodged within 30 days from the issue of the rate notice using the Differential General Rate Objection Form.
If you lodge an objection the rates and charges must still be paid by the due date. If the category is changed because of the objection, council will adjust the rates and advise you in writing.
Principal place of residence (PPR) - Category objection
A principal place of residence (PPR) is defined as a residential dwelling or unit where at least one owner/ratepayer permanently lives. A detailed definition is outlined in the Revenue Statement. The rating category for a PPR property is different to a property where the owners do not reside. The categories recognise the different use of the land.
To object to a non-PPR category complete a Differential General Rate Objection Form. You are required to supply supporting documents as proof of residency.
Note: specific supporting documents are required if your ownership is under a Company or Trust. Refer to the Differential General Rate Objection Form for details.
Category objections not related to your principal place of residence
Please refer to the full definitions of each general rate category as detailed in the differential general rates (Section 3.4 Table 1 of the Revenue Statement) before lodging an objection using the Differential General Rate Objection Form.
July 2020 rate notice inserts
Interest charges will be applied to all overdue rates or charges under section 133 of the Local Government Regulation 2012. The interest will be compound interest, calculated on daily rests. For a day on or after 1 July 2020 the interest rate is 8.53% per annum.
To avoid interest charges you must either pay your rates in full by the due date, or arrange to pay your rates by instalments.
For more details or assistance contact council.