Rates

Your rates are your contribution to the running of your community.

Council takes into consideration the various wants and needs of its community through regular consultation and then each year Council adopts a Budget that reflects this.

The Shire raises rates as the primary source of revenue to meet its proposed budget expenditure each year. Where possible, under current State Legislation, rates are structured to ensure fairness and equity for all ratepayers. The Shire’s income is derived from rates, the balance of revenue comes from Federal and State Government grants and 'user' charges ,i.e., refuse collection/tip fees, contributions to works, etc.

The demand on the Shire to spread the rate revenue across all sectors in the community is becoming increasingly complex given the escalating levels of service and infrastructure needs being demanded throughout the Shire by residents, businesses and visitors. In addition, the Shire has to deal with the increasing pressure of State and Federal Government cost shifting for services, thus placing a greater reliance on its rates revenue (rates, levies and charges) to fund required expenditure levels.

How can I sign up to receive my rates electronically? 

In order to sign up to receive your rates electronically (e-rates), please contact the Shire's Rates department on (08) 9575 5100, option 2 during office hours. You will need a copy of your latest Rates' Notice in order to complete some of the information.

What do my rates go towards?

Your rates go towards various services provided by the Shire to benefit your community including (but not limited to):

  • Libraries
  • Weekly rubbish collections and fortnightly rubbish recycling services
  • One green waste verge side collection annually
  • Community events
  • Parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities
  • Community facilities
  • Maintenance of local parks and gardens
  • Maintenance of the Shire's vast road network

How can I sign up to receive my rates electronically?

What do my rates go towards? 

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Extracted from the 2021/22 Council to Community Annual Issue

When are my Rates due? 

Your rate payements can made either in one payement, two instalments or four instalments. Your rate payment includes your rates, the Emergency Services Levy, your waste management fee and your rubbish charges. 

The following is a list of instalment dates for the 2021/22 financial year. 

No instalment option 6 October 2021
Two instalment option 6 October 2021 &
7 February 2022
Four instalment option 6 October 2021,
6 December 2021,
7 February 2022 &
7 April 2022

How are my rates calculated? 

Current State legislation mandates the utilisation of property valuations as the basis for the calculation of rates each year. Unfortunately valuations alone do not always produce equitable results for all ratepayers. In addressing such inequities the Local Government Act 1995 provides several options such as Differential and Specified Area Rating to assist councils in achieving equitable solutions.

Differential Rating can also be used to allow the Shire flexibility in the level of rates being raised from specifically identified properties or groups of properties within the community. It is common for local governments to base differential rating for properties on Town Planning Scheme zonings, however other criteria such as land use may be used.

Currently Council applies a Differential General UV - Rural Intensive Use and Mining category to all intensive rural properties and/or mining tenements within the Shire of Gingin. The intensive use of a given property impacts significantly on the capital and recurrent maintenance on the local infrastructure and services, i.e. local roads and use of Differential Rating recognises the additional costs generated from these commercial entities.  

All property in each local government area is valued by Landgate Valuation Services (a State Government agency). Valuations are forwarded to each local government based on Gross Rental Value (GRV) for urban land/buildings or Unimproved Value (UV) for rural land. To calculate the rates payable, local governments multiply a rate in the dollar by the land value. The per dollar rate is determined by the level of revenue that the Shire raises and is dependent on their proposed budget. 

The typical rates comparison will vary between properties depending on land use, size of the property and valuation. 

Can I Object or Appeal my Property Valuation?

If you disagree with the valuation of your property, you may forward a written objection, stating the grounds for your objection, to the Valuer General at PO Box 2222, Midland WA 6936 or by visiting their website - www.landgate.com.au

However it is important to note that Rates remain payable on the due date and any necessary adjustments and refunds are made after the Valuer General's decision. 

What happens if my Rates are Overdue? 

If you are the owner of a property in the Shire of Gingin then it is important that you pay your rates by their instalment dates. Your rates are your contribution to the running of the community services that you enjoy, i.e. the roads you drive on, parks you picnic in, etc.

In the event that the Shire of Gingin does not receive any payment of your rates then you will be issued with a warning letter followed by further legal action should you fail to comply.

Tenants should be aware that in the event of this occurance, under Sections 6.60 to 6.61 of the Local Government Act 1995, a local government has the authority to issue an order on the tenant of a property on which rates are in arrears. The order will require that any amount due under a lease/rental agreement is to be paid to the local govenment (i.e. Shire of Gingin) rather than to the owner or his/her agent. The order will remain in force until it is rescinded by the local govenment. 

Further information about overdue rates can be viewed in the Overdue Rates - Owner & Tenant Responsibilities Explained brochure that the Shire has produced. 

Can I apply for a Concession?

Eligible pensioners and seniors may be entitled to claim a rebate off their Annual Rates, Emergency Services Levy and the Specified Area Rates (if applicable) or defer payment.

To qualify for a rebate or deferment, you must be an owner and occupier of the property as of 1 July in the year you're applying for the concession.

The following concessions are available:

  • Holders of a Seniors Card are entitled to receive up to a 25% capped rebate on rates (up to the value of $100.00), a 25% rebate on the Emergency Services Levy and up to 25% capped rebate on Specified Area Rates (if applicable).
  • Holders of a Seniors Card and a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are entitled to receive up to a 50% capped rebate on rates (up to the value of $750), a 50% rebate on the Emergency Services Levy and up to a 50% capped rebate on Specified Area Rates (if applicable). Deferment of each of these rates and charges may also apply.
  • Holders of a Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card are entitled to receive up to a 50% capped rebate on rates (up the the value of $750) a 50% rebate on the Emergency Services Levy and up to a 50% capped rebate on Specified Area Rates (if applicable). If you receive the full 50% rebate (subject to capped amount) then you'll also be eligible to defer your rates, Emergency Services Levy and Specified Area Rates (if applicable) until your property is sold or no longer occupied by yourself. However, if you choose to defer, you will forfeit your 50% rebate.

No penalties apply for deferring your rates. However, all other charges including the Rubbish Service Charge and any applicable Security Service Charge and Pool Inspection Fee are required to be paid in full by 30 June of the current financial year.

Please contact Centrelink/Australian Government - Services Australia and Department for Communities for more information about these concession cards.

How to Apply for Pensioner or Senior Rebate

You can use either of these options to apply:

  1. Call the Water Corporation on 1300 659 951 or visit their website. Once you have liaised with the Water Corporation, they will contact the Shire on your behalf. You will receive confirmation from the Shire.
  2. Alternatively, you can apply at the Shire's Administration Centre in Gingin. Please make sure you have your card(s) as a copy will be required to submit with a completed application.

Additional Benefits 

  • May be eligible to defer (subject to criteria); and
  • Eligible Pensioners/Seniors have until 30 June of the current financial year to pay their rates to receive the concession.
  • There are no interest penalties. 

How do I update my contact details with the Shire? 

You can update your contact details with us by downloading the following form, completing it and email it to us via mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Please note that if you have more than 2 x property owner details to update with us then you will need to download and complete the second form listed below as well. Please submit both completed forms together. 

FORM - Change of Name or Address

FORM - Property Additional Owners

What is the Early Rates Incentive Scheme? 

All ratepayers (excluding Shire Executive Managers, Councillors and their families) who pay their rates in full by the first instalment due date will be given automatic entry into the Shire's Early Rates Incentive Scheme Prize Draw to win 1 of 10 prizes!

The draw occurs typically in September annually and pensioners/seniors who pay their rebate amount in full by the first instalment due date are also eligible.

This initiative is made possible by the generous sponsorship of many local businesses who supply cash, goods and/or services to make up exciting prize packages for our winners.

Details of the Early Rates Prize Draw, including all the prizes you could win, are included in the Shire's Council to Community Annual Issue which is mailed to our ratepayers each year and published on our website.

Note: Ratepayers opting to pay their rates via payment instalment Options 2, 3 or by alternative arrangements are unfortunately not eligible to enter into the draw to win a prize.

Sponsoring the Early Rates Incentive Scheme

Would you like more publicity for your business while helping your community at the same time? If you answered 'yes' then why not become a sponsor of the Shire’s Early Rates Incentive Scheme?

Every year the Shire of Gingin conducts an Early Rates Prize Draw where all ratepayers who pay their rates early are eligible to win 1 of 10 prize packages consisting of cash and/or goods or services which are provided by our sponsors and the Shire.

When our community pay their rates early it goes a long way toward helping Council to deliver on major projects and community provided services sooner rather than later.

Becoming a sponsor is easy. The following is a list of sponsorship types and typically sponsorship may be provided annually between 1 May and 30 June.  

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SPONSORSHIP OFFER 

  • Acknowledgement in the Shire’s Council to Community Annual Newsletter mailed to every rateable property annually in August.
  • Recognition on the Shire’s website and Facebook page.
  • Your company logo on the Shire’s banner for showcasing at community events.
  • Invitation to the Early Rates Incentive Prize Night (in November).
  • Acknowledgement in the Shire’s Council to Community Annual Newsletter mailed to every rateable property annually in August.
  • Recognition on the Shire’s website and Facebook page with direct linkage to your website and/or social media channels.
  • Your company logo on the Shire’s banner for showcasing at community events.
  • Invitation to the Early Rates Incentive Prize Night. (in November).
  • Acknowledgement in the Shire’s Council to Community Annual Newsletter mailed to every rateable property annually in August.
  • Recognition on the Shire’s website and Facebook page with direct linkage to your website and/or social media channels.
  • Your company logo the Shire’s banner for showcasing at community events.
  • Promotion in 1 x issue over the next 12 months of the Shire’s Council to Community newsletter published in 4 x regional newspapers and via its monthly subscriber-based e-newsletter.
  • Invitation to the Early Rates Incentive Prize Night. (in November).
  • Acknowledgement in the Shire’s Council to Community Annual Newsletter mailed to every rateable property annually in August.
  • Recognition on the Shire’s website and Facebook page with direct linkage to your website and/or social media channels.
  • Your company logo the Shire’s banner for showcasing at community events.
  • Promotion in 2 x issues over the next 12 months of the Shire’s Council to Community newsletter published in 4 x regional newspapers and via its monthly subscriber-based e-newsletter.
  • Invitation to the Early Rates Incentive Prize Night. (in November).
  • Naming rights with the Shire Rates Prize Night and presenting the major prize winner with their prize together with the Shire President.

Acknowledgement of Sponsors

Thank you to the following for their sponsorship of the 2020/21 Early Rates Incentive Scheme: 

  • Bendigo Community Bank Gingin and Lancelin
  • CU@Park 
  • Lancelin Sands (KB Riley and Sons)
  • Robbro Road Construction Pty Ltd
  • Western Stabilisers
  • MR Mulching
  • Bitutek
  • Anspach Ag Contracting
  • Western Tree Recylers
  • Midwest Building (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Moore Demo and Civil
  • Lancelin Trade & Rural Supplies
  • GR Thompson
  • Herseys Safety
  • WASO
  • Bitutek
  • Gingin Tree Services
  • Caraban Limestone Supplies

Statement of Objects & Reasons for Differential Rating

All land except for exempt land in the Shire of Gingin is rated according to its Gross Rental Value (GRV) in town sites or Unimproved Value (UV) in the remainder of the Shire of Gingin. 

The general rates for the 2021/22 financial year have been determined by Council on the basis of raising the revenue required to meet the deficiency between the total estimated expenditure proposed in the budget and the estimated revenue to be received from all sources other than rates and also considering the extent of any increase in rating over the level adopted in the previous year.

The minimum rates have been determined by Council on the basis that all ratepayers must make a reasonable contribution to the cost of the Shire of Gingin’s services/facilities.

To provide equity in the rating of properties across the Shire the following rate categories have been determined for the implementation of differential rating:

Differential General Rate

Description 

Characteristics 

Objects 

Reasons

Rural and Rural Other (including exploration and prospecting tenements). Where land is used predominantly for rural purposes, the rate levied shall be based upon its unimproved value (UV). The objective of this differential rating category is to impose a differential general rate on land held or used for the purposes of rural broad acre farming, rural residential, rural industry, other non-intensive uses as determined by Council (including exploration and prospecting tenements).

It recognises that land within this category does not have the same impacts on Shire transport infrastructure as the rural intensive/mining differential rate category.

Rural Intensive/Mining (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements). Any or a combination of the following characteristics:
  1. The purpose for which the land is zoned, whether or not under a local planning scheme or improvement scheme in force under the Planning and Development Act 2005; or
  2. A purpose for which the land is held or used as determined by the local government; or
  3. Whether the land is vacant or not; or
  4. Any other characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed.
The objective of this differential rating category is to impose a differential general rate on land held or used for the purposes of Agriculture Intensive, Animal Husbandry - Intensive (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements), Extractive Industry, Mining, Aquaculture, or Water. It recognises that land within this category has higher impacts on Shire transport infrastructure and increased environmental monitoring costs.

Differential Minimum Rate

Description 

Characteristics 

Objects 

Reasons

Rural and Rural Other (including exploration and prospecting tenements). Where land is used predominantly for rural purposes, the rate levied shall be based upon its unimproved value (UV). The objective of the proposed minimum payment of $1,470 is to ensure that the proportion of total rate revenue derived from Rural and Rural Other UV properties is essentially consistent with
the overall rate increase for this category (including exploration and prospecting tenements).
It recognises that every property receives a minimum level of benefit from works and services provided.
Rural Intensive/Mining (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements). Any or a combination of the following characteristics:
  1. The purpose for which the land is zoned, whether or not under a local planning scheme or improvement scheme in force under the Planning and Development Act 2005; or
  2. A purpose for which the land is held or used as determined by the local government; or
  3. Whether the land is vacant or not; or
  4. Any other characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed.
The objective of this minimum payment is to reflect the additional costs from this sector associated with the higher impact on transport infrastructure and environmental monitoring. The minimum rate of $2,675 also ensures that the proportion of total rate revenue from Rural Intensive/Mining UV properties (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements) is essentially consistent with the overall rate increase for this category.

It recognises that land within this category has higher impacts on Shire transport infrastructure and increased environmental monitoring costs, and the capacity of property owners to pass on the rates charge as a business cost.

 

Enquiries

Contact the Shire's Rates department on (08) 9575 5100, option 2. Alternatively email rates@gingin.wa.gov.au

Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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