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What are your rates used for?

Rates are collected from landowners so that Council can administer various laws and regulations that help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. 

They include community services, sporting and recreation facilities, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection and waste collection, treatment and disposal.

Need payment options?

 Go to our rates payment page. 

Need more information?

Visit the Rates section in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Take a look at the Rating and Waste Services section in our Fees & Charges

When are they due?

Instalments are due:

  • 31 August
  • 30 November
  • 28 February 
  • 31 May 

To avoid overdue interest charges of 7.5% per annum calculated daily, you should pay them on or before their due dates. 

There are various options available to you for paying your instalments.

What help is there for pensioners?

Pensioners who receive a Pensioner Concession on their property may elect to pay rates other than by quarterly instalments

Interest accrues on overdue instalments but is waived in full, provided rates are paid fully by 31 May each year.

Should instalments remain unpaid, interest at 7.5% per annum calculated daily will apply.

Pensioner Concession Card holders can apply for a rebate of a maximum of $250 per annum on a property that is their sole or principal place of residence. 

Pensioners granted a concession card between instalment periods are eligible to apply for a rebate on a pro rata basis.

Visit the Rates section in our Frequently Asked Questions.

I need a Section 603 Certificate

A Section 603 Rating Certificate identifies any outstanding rates, charges and debts payable to Council on a particular parcel of land.

A certificate is most often needed before a property settlement, however you may apply for a Section 603 Certificate at any time.

I need to apply for a farmland rating

If you wish to have your land categorised as farmland for rating purposes, you will need to complete a Farmland Rating Application Form. 

Please contact our Rates Officer on (02) 4232 0444 for a form.

Categorisation as farmland (Section 515 of the Local Government Act)

  1. Land is to be categorised as "farmland" if it is a parcel of rateable land valued as one assessment and its dominant use is for farming (that is, the business or industry of grazing, animal feedlots, dairying, pig-farming, poultry farming, viticulture, orcharding, bee-keeping, horticulture, vegetable growing, the growing of crops of any kind, forestry or aquaculture within the meaning of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 , or any combination of those businesses or industries) which:
    • has a significant and substantial commercial purpose or character, and
    • is engaged in for the purpose of profit on a continuous or repetitive basis (whether or not a profit is actually made).
  2. Land is not to be categorised as farmland if it is rural residential land.
  3. The regulations may prescribe circumstances in which land is or is not to be categorised as farmland.