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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.

Council Rates Fact Sheet

Annual Business Plan 2018-2019

Rates & Working Together Builds Communities Brochure 2016-2017


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 7th September 2018
2nd Instalment Friday 7th December 2018
3rd Instalment Friday 1st March 2019
4th Instalment Friday 7th June 2019

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.

Make Rates Payment


Change of Address

If your address, postal address or contact details have changed please click here to notify council:


Or complete the following form and return to Council: Advice to Registrar of Dogs - Change of Details


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).

Financial Hardship

The Salvation Army provides free financial counselling to people in financial difficulty. Telephone 1800 025 539. Click here to view further details.

NRM Levy

What is NRM?
Who Pays the Regional NRM Levy?
How is the NRM Levy Calculated, Collected and Spent?

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board – NRM 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 guide, "GST and Propety" at http://www.ato.gov.au/


For further information please contact Council on 8525 3200
or complete an Online Customer Request Form

Light Regional Council
PO Box 72
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200