For information relating to rating, which applies generally to local government in South Australia please refer to the Local Government Association of South Australia.
2020/2021 Financial Year Payment Dates
- 1st Installment - Friday 4th September 2020
- 2nd Installment - Friday 4th December 2020
- 3rd Installment - Friday 5th March 2021
- 4th Installment - Friday 4th June 2021
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 installments.
Council offers a variety of channels for rates payments. You can pay online through:
- Council's website
- Centrepay with Centrelink with the CRN - 555 109 751 S
Or in person at:
- Our principal office, 93 Main Street, Kapunda, Monday to Friday during business hours
- Our Libraries, 51-53 Main Street Kapunda and 7 Hanson Street Freeling during business hours
- Any Australia Post Office
Council's Rate Rebate Policy
Any ratepayer who may be, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment arrangements should refer to Council's Rate Hardship Policy (excluding Water Policy Requirements) and is invited to contact Council's Revenue Recovery Officer, on 08 8525 3200 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. All enquiries are treated as confidential by the Council.
The Salvation Army also provides free financial counselling to people in financial difficulty. They can be contacted on 1800 025 539
The State Government announced a Drought Support Program to assist primary producers facing hardship by providing access to a rebate on local council rates. For more information and eligibility visit the Drought Assistance page.
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:
- 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;
- Satisfaction for any liability for interest;
- Payment of any fine;
- 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 Natural Resources Management (NRM) levy is paid by all ratepayers in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) region. The levy recognises that everyone who lives and works in the region has an impact on the environment. As such, we all share the responsibility and cost for caring for our land, water, native plants and animals, and coastal areas.
In some specific zones in the AMLR region, irrigators and commercial water users also pay a water levy.
GST and Property Transactions
For every property transaction you make, there may be a tax consideration. To determine your GST obligations, refer to the Australian Taxation Offices's GST and property guide.