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Your rates can be paid annually, with the total amount due on 31 August each year, or by quarterly instalment.
Instalment dates each year are 31 August, 30 November, 28 February and 31 May.
Weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debits can also be arranged.
Pay your rates using any of the following methods
Visit the Post Billpay website
Contact your bank, credit union or building society to make an online payment from your debit account.
Make sure you have your rates notice handy, as you will need your payment reference and biller code number.
Set up a direct debit to pay your rates weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually.
Submit a direct debit request form
Call 13 18 16 and use your Visa or MasterCard to pay
Contact your bank, credit union or building society and use your debit account to pay over the phone.
Bring your rates notice and pay by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card at our Customer Service Centre.
In light of restrictions caused by COVID-19, access to our Customer Service desk in Council's Administration Building is by appointment only. If you require assistance from our Customer Service Centre please contact them on 02 4921 0333.
Pay your rates at any Australia Post Office or Agency. Remember to bring your rates notice with you.
If you don’t pay your rates on or before the due date, interest (calculated daily) will be charged on the amount owing and will be applied to the account in the first week of each month.
Rates are calculated annually and include the ordinary rate and annual charges. The ordinary rate includes a flat base amount, plus an ad valorem amount, which is based on the value of your land. The ordinary rate also includes the Sustainability Levy.
You’ll also see a domestic waste management charge listed as a separate amount on your residential or farmland rates notice. This is an annual charge for waste services, which includes a levy charged by the state government. Councils are not permitted to make a profit or loss from this levy.