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.

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  • Operations - $38.15
    Roads, footpaths, parks and gardens maintenance, and fleet
  • Capital Works  - $12.25
  • Library and Historical Services - $10.60
  • Community Services and Culture - $7.48
  • Planning - $6.31
  • Children and Family Services - $5.78
  • Environment and Sustainability - $5.75
  • Sports & Recreation - $5.73
  • Engineering Services - $1.91
  • Regulatory Services - $1.82
  • Community Events $1.27
  • Traffic & Transport Planning $1.18
  • Resource Recovery $1.07
  • Economic Development $0.71

How are your rates calculated?

Land value (set by the NSW Valuer-General) x 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

In 2019-20 IWC had 23 Domestic Waste Management Charges (DWMC’s) across the local government area. IWC developed its ten-year financial model for domestic waste which forecasts income and expenditure using a cost-recovery model aligned to the Zero Waste Strategy, service transition costs and future services.

The IWC Domestic Waste Management Charge (DWMC) is subsidised using $7 million from the DWM Reserve over the next 6 years. This allowed for the residential DWMC to be aligned across IWC from 1 July 2021, with reductions in the standard DWMC for former Leichhardt (-$80) and former Marrickville (-$114.50) areas and a small increase in the DWMC for former Ashfield (+$41).

From 1 July 2021, there will be four charges based on the size of the garbage bin, and the costs attributed as a percentage of the standard charge:

  1. Small -$348
  2. Standard - $464
  3. Large - $695
  4. Availability (includes vacant land) - $232

You can find these charges in the latest Fees and charges document 

Rates harmonisation update

In May 2021, the NSW Government’s made changes to the Local Government Act, allowing councils to gradually harmonise rates across within an eight year period.

On 28 June, Inner West Council resolved to gradually transition towards harmonised rates over an eight year period. This means that Council has voted to, with a few exceptions, mostly continue with the pre-amalgamation structures for the next eight years.

Most ratepayers will not expect a large change on their rates notice, unless they are subject to minimum rating, are a Marrickville business general ratepayer, hold very high land value land (top 75th to 100th percentile) within the former Ashfield LGA, or if they fall within a new shopping mall subcategory.

How will Council harmonise rates?

As per our previous proposal, Council is increasing the minimum rate to ensure all property owners are charged equally for using Council services. This sets the lowest value of rates that a category of ratepayer can be charged. Council will gradually adjust ad valorem rates (rates per dollar of land value) over the next 8 years.

For some subcategories, Council is introducing a new minimum rates to apply across the LGA (i.e. for all 3 former council areas):

  • Residential - $850
  • Business General - $820

This means, that if your land value is below a certain level, you will pay the same rates regardless. These levels change each year. The current land value minimum rate cut-offs are:

Subcategories $000s
Ashfield Residential 500
Leichhardt Residential 645
Marrickville Residential  875
Ashfield Business General 212 
Leichhardt Business General  156 
Marrickville Business General  266 

Will Council’s total rates revenue increase?

Rates harmonisation does not mean Council will be increasing its overall revenue from rates. Council will be collecting the same overall amount in rates.

How will I be affected in 2021-22?


Ashfield - rates harmonisation table


Leichhardt  - rates harmonisation table


marrickville - rate harmonisation table

Valuer General's Newsletter

Valuer General's Newsletter July 2020 (PDF 100.6KB)