Rates/Payment Options

Rate assessments are payable in full within 35 days of the date of issue. They are calculated in two different ways.

  1. Gross Rental Value is charged on residential type zonings. Values are set by the Valuer General on minimum yearly rental for that house, based on the floor plan.
  2. Unimproved Value. This value is established for rural and special rural zonings. The value is determined on the worth of the unimproved land regardless of dwellings on the property. Unimproved values are reassessed annually by the Valuer General.

Differential Rates

Council has adopted a rating strategy that utilises differential rates for properties that are valued by Gross Rental Values (GRV) and categorises these as Non-Commercial / Industrial and Commercial / Industrial. The objects and reasons for differential rates for 2023/24 are available here.

Objection and Appeal Provisions

Valuations - Your valuation (GRV or UV) is only one factor used to calculate your rates notice. The Valuations of Land Act 1978 (as amended) Part iv sets out how valuations objections may be lodged. A property owner may lodge an objection against the valuation of a property within 60 days of the date of issue of a rates notice. For information on how your values are calculated and how to lodge and objection, please visit landgate's website landgate.wa.gov.au/valuations, or alternatively call Landgate Customer Service on 08 9273 7373.

Rates Record - Section 6.76 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the grounds, time and the way individual objections and appeals to the Rates Record may be lodges. An objection to the Rate Book must be made in writing to the council within 42 days of the date of issue of a rates notice.

Section 6.81 of the Local Government Act 1995 refrs that rates assessments are required to be paid by the due date, irrespective of whether an objection or appeal has been lodged. In the event of a successful objection or appeal, the rates will be adjusted, and you will be advised accordingly. Credit balances may be refunded on request.

Options To Pay Your Rates

Several options are now provided to ratepayers to pay their rates.

If you pay in full by the due date you will receive a 5% discount as in previous years.

You may however choose to pay by either 2 or 4 instalments. The instalment option will come at a charge of 5.5% per annum interest plus a $6 administration fee for each additional instalment.

The options available and the cost of each option will be shown on your first rate notice. Reminder notices for those paying by instalments will be sent out before the instalment due date.

All overdue rates will be charged interest at 11% per annum.

Special provision has been made for eligible pensioners who pay by instalments. Eligible Pensioners are exempt from the interest conditions and may pay their rates any time prior to the 30th June.

Provision has also been made for other payment arrangements through Council's Debt Recovery Agency for a nominated administration fee.