Under the Local Government Act 1993, all land is rateable whether it is vacant or habitable. The State Government also requires that all land must have a waste charge. Vacant land will have an availability charge and occupied land will have a service charge.
There are four rating categories for rates including business, residential, farmland and mining. The rating category is shown on your rate notice.
Rates are levied for the 12 month period from 1 July to 30 June before they are broken down into four instalments due:
- 1st Instalment - 31 August
- 2nd Instalment - 30 November
- 3rd Instalment - 28 February
- 4th Instalment - 31 May
Council will send out quarterly instalment notices to you approximately four weeks before each due date.
Interest accrues on a daily basis on unpaid Rates and Charges after the due date. The percentage rate of interest is shown on the notice.
Certain lands are exempt from rates eg. properties used by churches, hospitals and schools.