Rates

Rates are due and payable within 35 days of issue. Rates or instalments not paid by the due date will be referred for debt collection. Interest at 7.5% is charged on all outstanding amounts, which accrues daily until outstanding amounts are paid. Ratepayers may opt to pay rates in instalments or by an approved special payment arrangement. Further details are provided on the rate notice. A ratepayer may apply for an alternate repayment schedule subject to agreement prior to the due date.

Instalment plan options and alternate payment arrangements may only be entered into if there are no Rates owing from the previous years unless prior approval is received.

Pensioners

An "entitled pensioner" means a pensioner who is entitled to a rebate or deferment in accordance with the Rates and Charges (rebates and deferments) Act 1992, holds a pensioner's health benefit card, or rates concession card and resides on the property.

If you owned and occupied your house as at 1 July 2017 and are currently in receipt of a:

1 - Pensioner payment from Centrelink or Veteran Affairs AND a Pension Concession Card issued by Centrelink; OR

2 - A Seniors Card issued by Department of Communities AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; OR

3 - A Seniors Card Only

You may be eligible for a rebate.

 

As part of the 2015/16 State Budget, the state government announced that from the rating year commencing 1 July 2016, the 50% concession allowed to eligible pensioners and the 25% concession allowed to eligible seniors on local government rates would be restricted to a capped amount. Western Australia was the only State not to provide a dollar cap on Local Government Rates.

The pensioner rates capped amounts will be set each year, consistent with the manner in which senior’s rates caps are set. The gazettal of the cap amounts usually occurs in late June, prior to the commencement of the rating year. The pensioner rate capped amount has been announced as $750 for 2017/18. The senior rate capped amount has been announced as $100 for 2017/18.

The Shire does not administer the laws in regards to pensioner concessions. If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the capping of the pensioner and senior rebate you will need to contact your local Member of Parliament.

You may be entitled to claim a rebate and/or a deferment on your current rates: If you are in receipt of a pension payment and hold the appropriate card mentioned above (1) OR hold both Seniors Cards (2), you are entitled to a rebate of 50% up to a maximum of $750 on your current rates. You may also be able to defer current rates. In this case, you are deemed to be an “Eligible Pensioner”.

If you hold a Seniors Card only (3) you are entitled to a rebate of 25% up to a maximum of $100 on your current rates. In this case, you are deemed to be an “Eligible Senior”. The deferment option is not available to pensioners who only hold a Seniors Card.

Should you meet the criteria listed above (1, 2 or 3) and have not previously registered with the Shire of Dundas, please contact the Water Corporation or the Shire immediately to register. Your rebate is calculated from the date that you register.

If you have an outstanding rate arrears on your property and are deemed to be an “Eligible Pensioner” (1 or 2), you may still be able to claim a rebate and/or deferment on your current year’s rates provided that you enter a suitable repayment arrangement for the arrears. Please contact the Shire of Dundas immediately for further details.

Pro-rata rebates and deferments may be allowable for those who become eligible pensioners or seniors during the rating year (ie. after 1st July 2017). If you become a pensioner or senior during the year, please contact the Shire of Dundas for further information.

If your circumstances change, particularly with respect to ownership of your property, or your eligibility as a Pensioner or Senior, you must notify the shire office immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: REBATES OR DEFERMENTS APPLY TO RATES AND ESL ONLY. ALL OTHER CHARGES MUST BE PAID IN FULL.

Eligible Pensioners & Seniors are exempt from administration & interest charges.

Enquiries on “Eligible Pensioners and Seniors” can be made by calling the Office of State Revenue on (08) 9262 1373.

A person who wishes to be registered as an entitled pensioner must make an application to the Council on the prescribed form.  Click here for rebate form.

When a person registered as an entitled pensioner ceases to be an entitled pensioner, that person shall give notice thereof to the Council and there upon the registration shall be cancelled.

Objections & Appeals

RATE BOOK

SECTION 6.76 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the grounds on time and manner in which, individual objections and appeals may be instituted as to entries in the rate book regarding ownership, whether the property is rateable or on the characteristics of the differential general rate. Objections are to be made in writing WITHIN 42 DAYS after issue of this Notice of Valuation and Rate.

VALUATIONS

The Valuation of Land Act Part IV sets out the manner in which objections and appeals may be instituted as regards valuations. Objections (if any) must be lodged with the Valuer General, by letter or by completing the Objection to Valuation form and sent to PO Box 2222 Midland WA 6936, WITHIN 60 DAYS after issue of this Notice of Valuation and Rate.

NOTE: SECTION 6.81 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that rates must be paid, but are subject to adjustment if objection is successful.

Objection to Valuation forms are available from the Shire Office or by clicking here.

For further information please see Landgate's webpage http://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/for-individuals/land-values/lodging-an-objection

Change of Address

If your postal address has changed, please notify the Council as soon as possible so your rates record can be updated. Please email the new details to: admin@dundas.wa.gov.au

2017-18 Rates

The annual rate notices were issued on the 24th July 2017.

Due dates for payment are:

28th August 2017 (Payment in full or 1st installment)

3rd November 2017 (2nd installment)

19th January 2018 (3rd installment)

6th April 2018 (4th installment)

To view the Differential Rates advert please click here

To view the Objectives & Reasons please click here  

Payment Options

Payment of rates can be made by the following options:

  1. Cash, Cheque or Eftpos at the Shire Office during office hours
  2. Mailing a Cheque or Money Order
  3. Telephoning with your credit card details
  4. Direct Deposit (please telephone the office for bank account details or email accounts@dundas.wa.gov.au )

Pending Title Seizures

Notice pursuant to Schedule 6.3 of the Local Government Act 1995 requiring payment of outstanding rates or service charges.

Rates and service charges have been owing to the Shire of Dundas for a period of 3 years in respect of the land described below, the Shire of Dundas will, pursuant to section 6.64 of the Local Government Act 1995, offer the land for sale by public auction at a time and place appointed by the Shire of Dundas.

 

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