Rates are levied by councils on homes and businesses. They provide income for essential services and infrastructure. Rates are exempt from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Rates can be paid either in full or quarterly.

Paying in full, your rates are due by 31 August each year.

Paying in quarterly instalments, rates are due:

  • 1st instalment: 31 August
  • 2nd instalment: 30 November
  • 3rd instalment: 28 February
  • 4th instalment: 31 May

If you have a general enquiry about rates, you can submit it online using Council's customer request management system.

Rates general enquiry

How are your rates spent?

Every $100 collected is distributed as follow across a range of services.

How are your rates spent? - July 2022

  • Capital and major projects $39
  • Resource recovery planning and operations $10
  • Parks and streetscapes operations: $8
  • Children's services: $7
  • Sports and recreation: $7
  • Civil maintenance: $5
  • Libraries, history, community venues and centres: $5
  • Parking and ranger services: $4
  • Strategic planning and economic development: $3
  • Facilities management: $3
  • Events, living arts, community wellbeing, social and cultural planning: $2
  • Development assessment: $2
  • Urban forest: $1
  • Engineering services: $1
  • Urban ecology and sustainability: $1
  • Building certification, environmental health and building regulation: $1
  • Traffic and transport planning: $1

How are your rates calculated?

Land value (set by the NSW Valuer-General) × rate in the dollar (subject to minimum rate of $850 for Residential Ordinary, and Business General)

Your ad valorem has been adjusted slightly as revenues are reallocated with a view towards full harmonisation into a single rating structure within 8 years.

Domestic waste management charges

Your rates notice includes an annual domestic waste management (DWM) charge to Council to manage and collect residential waste. This is authorised under Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993.

This charge funds Council's household recycling service, green waste service, garbage collection and disposal, clean-up service and lane cleaning. It includes landfill tipping fees, as well as the NSW Government Section 88 landfill levy which increases each year as part of the NSW Government's strategy to reduce landfill.

The following domestic waste management charges are current from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023:

  • Small garbage bin (less than 120 litres): $357.00 p.a.
  • Standard garbage bin (120 litres): $476.00 p.a.
  • Large garbage bin (240 litres): $714.00 p.a.
  • Vacant/availability: $238.00 p.a.

Rates harmonisation update

The 2022/23 rating year is the second year of an eight-year rates harmonisation path. By the 2029/30 rating year, all former council areas will be subject to the same rate calculations, with one residential rate and one business rate.

Until then, each former council will have their ad valorem rate for residential and business gradually harmonised. The minimum rates have already been harmonised across the former council areas.

Rates are levied by councils based on the rating category and the land value provided by the NSW Valuer General. The rate category is determined by the land use between residential and business. (see section 516 and section 518 of the Local Government Act 1993)