You may qualify for a refund of a portion of your rates. This page provides details about the Rates Rebate Scheme, the application form and links you to further information.
You will automatically receive an application form and guide if you have received a rates rebate in the past. These will be sent in mid to late August. You need to pay your rates account as usual. We will credit the rates rebate amount to your rates account and notify you once your application has been processed.
Applications open 1 August and you have until 30 June 2019 to apply for a rebate for the 2018/2019 rating year.
You can apply for a rates rebate if:
Note: You cannot claim a rates rebate for the rates payable on a property that is used principally for business, farming, commercial or industrial purposes, or a home that is not your usual place of residence.
Rebates are calculated based on your household income, rates and the number of dependents.
If your household income exceeds this amount you mayd still be entitled to a rebate depending on the total cost of your rates and the number of dependents. For example, you might receive a lower amount of rates rebate for income up to $42,000.
You must provide income information so your rebate can be worked out.
You can apply for a rates rebate with our Customer Services staff at any Council office.
Application forms can be obtained from any Council office or downloaded.
Unfortunately, applications cannot be processed without all of the following information:
You have until 30 June 2019 to apply for a rebate for the 2018/2019 rating year.
We offer this service in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs. Additional information is available from their website and from IRD.
In February 2018 an amendment to the Rates Rebates Act 1973 was passed that extends the rates rebate scheme to retirement village residents who do not have separately rated units but contribute to rates through their fees.
These residents most often hold licence to occupy agreements with the village operator. As these residents do not have information regarding their residence held on the council Rating Information Database (RID) they are required to apply in a different manner than regular applicants.
Retirement village residents must include a declaration certificate with their application a, which is filled in and signed by the village operator.
We will then be able to process the rebate and seek reimbursement from Department of Internal Affairs.
We'll be in touch with local retirement villages about these new changes in the near future.