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Overview - Rates

Rates are the City's primary source of income and are used to provide essential infrastructure and services to our community.

Rates due 30 September 
The first rates instalment is due Monday 30 September 

Payment may be made by post, credit card, eftpos, cash or cheque at the Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, or at:

  • Any Post Office providing Electronic Counter Service Facilities
  • By phone - have your credit card ready and call 13 18 16
  • By BPay - a direct payment system through participating banks
  • Online at
  • Direct debit form - this can be downloaded from our website. Please fill it out and send it back to us.

For enquiries please phone 8930 0300.

Rates are determined annually by Council during a budget deliberation process. This process can be challenging and takes into account a number of factors including

  • provisions for increasing service costs
  • capital works
  • Consumer price index (CPI)
  • initiatives

Council's aim is to keep increases to a minimum while generating enough income to continue to provide services and achieve annual objectives.

How your Rates Contribute

Your rates help pay for a multitude of services to the municipality and local community. During the budgetary process Council determines and puts together the Municipal Plan outlining work programs, goals and budgets for that financial year.

In general your rates contribute to

  • essential services (roads, water, sewerage and garbage collection)
  • community facilities
  • community programs
  • infrastructure (parks, libraries, community centres)

If you would like to find out more about what your rates are contributing towards, please view our annual Municipal Plans under Publications and Forms.

Declaration of Rates

Rates are declared annually and published on our website. You can find our declaration of rates under Publications and Forms.

Last modified 
17 Sep 2019

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