Rates & Valuations
Understanding Council Rates
The below fact sheet outlines a range of services which are funded by Council rates, constraints and challenges in funding for Councils along with some information about how services have expanded in range, quality and standards met in recent years. It explains the rating system, aswell as property valuations.
Payment of Rates
Under Section 181(14) of the Local Government Act 1999, Council must provide the opportunity for all ratepayers to pay rates by quarterly instalments.
2016/2017 Financial Year Payment Dates:
|1st Instalment||Friday 2nd September 2016|
|2nd Instalment||Friday 2nd December 2016|
|3rd Instalment||Friday 3rd March 2017|
|4th Instalment||Friday 2nd June 2017|
How can I pay my rates?
- Any Australia Post Office
- By BPay
- Online - Council Website
- In person, at our Principal Office,93 Main Street, Kapunda, during the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday;
- In person, at the Branch office, 12 Hanson Street, Freeling, during the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
- Organizing a Centrepay with Centerlink with the CRN - 555 109 751 S more information here
Any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment arrangements is invited to contact Council's Revenue Recovery Officer, on 8525 3200 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. All enquiries are treated confidentially by the Council.
Change of Address
If your address, postal address or contact details have changed please click here to notify council:
Late Payment of Rates
The Local Government Act 1999 provides that Councils impose an initial 2% fine- penalty on quarterly payments that are received late. Council allows three working days after the due date for payment as a grace period. All arrears / overdue rates that remain outstanding at the end of each monthly cycle are charged an interest rate, according to the Cash Advance Debenture Rate (CADR) issued from the Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA), as at 1st July each year.
Council issues a reminder notice for payment of overdue rates during the months of October, December, April and July of each year. Should rates remain unpaid more than 14 days after the issue of the reminder notice then Council will review the debt for debt recovery action as per Council's Debt or Management Policy. If the account is referred to Council's debt collection agency (National Credit Management Pty Ltd) collection fees and court costs are recoverable from the ratepayer. All costs incurred by Council in the recovery of outstanding rates and fines are payable by the ratepayer.
When Council receives a payment in respect of overdue rates, Council applies the money received as follows:
- Firstly - in payment of any costs awarded to, or recoverable by, the Council in any court proceedings undertaken by the Council for the recovery of the rates;
- Secondly - in satisfaction for any liability for interest;
- Thirdly - in payment of any fine;
- Fourthly - in satisfaction of liabilities for rates in the order in which those liabilities arose in payment of rates, in date order of their imposition (starting with the oldest account first).
The Salvation Army provides free financial counselling to people in financial difficulty. Telephone 1800 025 539. Click here to view further details.
What is NRM?
Who Pays the Regional NRM Levy?
How is the NRM Levy Calculated, Collected and Spent?
GST and Property Transactions
For every property transaction you make, there may be a tax consideration
To determine your GST obligations, refer to the guide, "GST and Propety" at http://www.ato.gov.au/