Rates & property

The services we provide include building and maintaining roads, libraries, parks, playgrounds, protecting our coastline and strengthening our local economy.

Rates comprise 79 per cent of our operating income. We review our policies each year to ensure a fair distribution of payments for ratepayers across the various categories. Rates are a form of taxation based on property values (as determined by the Valuer-General).

State Senior Card holders are eligible to apply to postpone some of their rates.
Other ratepayers who meet certain criteria may be eligible for Council rebates, capping or remissions.

From July 2015 the State Government withdrew the concession for council rates and replaced it with a ‘Cost of Living Concession Payment’. From July 2017 they have also changed the way they process and pay council sewerage concession for Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS). The sewerage concession previously was shown as a credit on the annual rate notice. From 1 July 2017 these concessions will be paid directly to the customer, in addition to the ‘Cost of Living Concession Payment’. Concession holders will receive these payments via EFT into their bank account in late September.

For more information about rates check out our fact sheet and FAQ's.

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