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Council Rates


Councils must raise revenue for governance and administration, which deliver goods and services to the community. Council’s major source of municipal revenue is Rates, derived as a tax on land within the Council area.

All land within a council area, except for land specifically exempt (e.g. crown land, council occupied land and other land prescribed in the Local Government Act 1999) is rateable. The Local Government Act 1999 provides for a Council to raise revenue for the broad purposes of the Council through a general rate, which applies to all rateable properties, or through differential general rates, which apply to categories of land use and/or locality. In addition, Council can raise separate rates, for specific areas of the Council or service rates or charges for specific services.

Municipal Rates declared for July 2019 - June 2020

GST is not applicable to Municipal Rates and are effective from 1 July each year

Differential Rate - Residential Landcents in the $ per Capital Value0.58400
Differential Rate - Commercial - Shopcents in the $ per Capital Value1.68847
Differential Rate - Commercial - Officecents in the $ per Capital Value1.88510
Differential Rate - Commercial - Othercents in the $ per Capital Value1.74692
Differential Rate - Industrial -Lightcents in the $ per Capital Value1.40030
Differential Rate - Industrial - Othercents in the $ per Capital Value1.69945
Differential Rate - Vacant Landcents in the $ per Capital Value1.40375
Othercents in the $ per Capital Value1.12780
Fixed Charge per rateable property $680.00
Service Charge per rateable property which the Council makes available  for the collection, treatment and disposal of domestic waste service $466.00
NRM Levy per rateable property $63.40

Paying your Rates

Rates can be made by a single payment prior to the first quarter due date or by quarterly instalments. The total outstanding balance of rates may be paid in full at any time. Council will send out instalment notices to ratepayers advising them of their next instalment due date at least 30 days prior to the due date.

Rates may be paid:
  • By using the BPAY service through participating banks;
  • By mail by posting a cheque to PO Box 124, Roxby Downs 5725; or
  • In person, at the Council office, Richardson Place, Roxby Downs 5725 SA (during business hours
  • By Credit Card in person or by Phone 08 8671 0010

EFTPOS facilities are available for over the counter payments.

Penalties do apply to outstanding rates therefore any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment requirements, or is planning an extended absence at the time rates are due is invited to contact our Rates Officer on 08 8671 0010 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. The Council treats such inquiries confidentially.

Rate Capping Rebate:  Discretionary Rebate of Rates – Section 166 (1) (L) Local Government Act 1999

A rebate of differential general rates for the 2019/20 financial year may be granted to the Principal Ratepayer of an assessment under Section 166 (1) (L) of the Local Government Act 1999, on application to the Council, conditions apply. The amount of the rebate will be the positive difference (if any) between: (a) the amount of differential general rates imposed for the 2019/20  financial year in respect of that assessment; and (b) the amount of differential general rates imposed for the 2018/19 financial year in respect of that assessment plus 10%.
The following criteria apply:

  • The applicant must be both the owner and occupier of the residential property for which the application is made
  • The land use of the property is Residential
  • There has been no improvements on the land over $20,000 since 01/07/2018
  • The zoning of the land has not changed since 01/07/2018
  • The Land Use has not changed since 01/07/2018
  • The capping rebate amount exceeds $10.00, and Council receives a completed Rate Capping Rebate Application Form from the Principal Ratepayer prior to the due date of the first installment. 

For the Financial Year 2019/20 - Applications must be recieved by Council by 16 September 2019.

Rate Capping Application Form 2019/20(122 kb)

Rates are due:

  • 16 September 2019
  • 16 December 2019
  • 16 March 2020
  • 15 June 2020