Trouble paying your rates?
Council has a Rate Recovery and Financial Hardship Policy to provide support and assistance to ratepayers who find themselves in financial hardship. The policy can be found on our Policies page. Please contact Council rates officers for a confidential chat about your circumstance and how the provisions of the policy may be able to assist you.
Special Payment Arrangements
Where a ratepayer is unable to make their payments by any of the standard options available a Special Payment Arrangement may be entered into. These arrangements can be made at any time during the recovery process and can be flexible regarding the type of arrangement entered in order to best suit the ratepayer’s circumstance, but as a minimum payments, over a 12-month period must cover the annual rate charge and any penalty interest charged. Ratepayers who are unable to make this minimum repayment should be assessed in accordance with the financial hardship provisions.
Council recognises that our ratepayers may experience times of financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control and therefore do not have the capacity to pay their rates.
Financial hardship is a circumstance of experiencing a lack of financial means, which may be either ongoing or temporary. If you are facing financial difficulty on a personal level, you may wish to obtain advice from a community financial counsellor.
You can talk to a financial counsellor from anywhere in Australia by calling 1800 007 007 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm). This number will automatically switch through to the service in the State or Territory closest to you, or you can visit the National Debt Helpline at www.ndh.org.au.
Applications must be made in writing either online or by downloading and completing the pdf form(PDF, 270KB). If you need support in the application process, please contact Council rates department for a confidential, respectful discussion.