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Payment Options

This section will provide you with all the information you need in regard to payment of rates

OPTION 1 - PAYMENT OF RATES AND CHARGES BY QUARTERLY INSTALMENTS

Rates may be paid by quarterly instalments as shown on the front of this notice in accordance with Section 562 of the Local Government Act 1993.  If an instalment is unpaid by its due date, daily interest charges will accrue immediately on that instalment.  Instalment reminder notices will be sent to those ratepayers who choose to pay by instalment. 

OPTION 2 - PAYMENT OF RATES AND CHARGES IN FULL

If you wish to pay the total amount due in full, payment should be made BEFORE THE FIRST INSTALMENT DUE DATE as daily interest will accrue immediately on the FIRST INSTALMENT if unpaid by its due date. COUNCIL will consider any reasonable offer for payment by regular instalments should financial difficulties prevent payment provided contact is made with Council's Rate Department by the due date. Council may waive interest charges under Special Circumstances provided the circumstances are detailed in writing to the General Manager. 



Important Information

INTEREST - (Section 566)

Daily interest changes of 8.0% pa, will apply on instalment amounts not paid by the due date/s.

PENSIONERS - REBATE OF RATES - (Section 575)

Ratepayers who are eligible pensioners are entitled to a rebate for rates and charges. This rebate will apply from the quarter following 
the date of the rebate being approved.

POSTPONED RATES - (Section 585)

If you live in a single dwelling on land which is valued higher than is usual for a residential site, or land that could be sub-divided, you
may be eligible to postpone payment of part of your rates.

PERIODICAL PAYMENT OF RATES AND CHARGES - (Section 564)

If you are experiencing difficulties meeting your payments, Council may allow an extended period for payment. Normal interest rates
will apply, however, legal action for the recovery of outstanding amounts may be avoided.

CATEGORISATION OF LAND - (Section 514)

Each parcel of rateable land within the Shire area has been categorised according to the following:

  • Farmland
  • Residential
  • Business

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF CATEGORY - (Section 514)

Council must be notified within 30 days if the category of the land has been changed. Notice is to be given by the ratepayer.

APPLICATION FOR A CHANGE OF CATEGORY - (Section 525)

Forms are available from Council's Office. The completed form must be returned to the Council Office within one month of posting of
the rates notice.

APPEALS AGAINST A CATEGORY - (Section 526)

A rateable person may appeal to the Land and Environment Court against Council's decision to declare land within a specific
category. The appeal must be made within 30 days after the declaration is made.

NON-RATEABLE LANDS - (Section 555, 556 & 557)

These sections detail lands which are entitled to a full rate exemption, or exemptions from a particular rate. Full information is
available from the Rates Office on (08) 8083 8900.

APPEAL ON QUESTION OF LAND SUBJECT TO A LAND RATE OR CHARGE - (Section 574)

Appeals may be made to the Land and Environment Court for the portions of land, or for a licence or permit holder under the Crown
Lands Act 1989, against the levying of a particular rate or charge. An appeal must be made within 30 Days of notice. Further
information is available from Council.