Under the Local Government Act 1993 all land in an area is rateable unless it is exempt from rating. Council will offer rate exemptions that comply with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.
Rate exemptions may apply under specific circumstances for entities such as schools, religious bodies, public hospitals, public benevolent institutions, and public charities. Crown land and land that is the subject of a conservation agreement are other examples of where rate exemptions may apply.
A series of flowcharts are provided below as a guide to assist ratepayers in understanding the eligibility requirements for rate exemption under the Local Government Act.
Ratepayers may apply to Council for exemption from rating if eligibility requirements have been met and can be evidenced by completing the Application for Rate Exemption.
If you access these flowcharts you agree that:
- The attached flowchart are intended to be used as a guide only and will not guarantee exemption from rating. Whilst council has endeavoured to provide a suitable guide to assist in understanding eligibility requirements for rate exemption, it does not warrant or represent in any way the accuracy or completeness for the information provided.
Users must note:
- The flowcharts are intended to be used as a guide only and will not guarantee exemption from rating.
- Applications for exemption from rating will only be approved where the eligibility requirements under the Local Government Act 1993 have been met and are adequately evidenced.
- In many cases the actual use of the land will determine eligibility for exemption from rating under the Local Government Act 1993.
- Applicants are encouraged to provide any information or evidence that will assist Council in making a decision on the application.
- Council may contact the applicant to request further information when assessing an application for rate exemption.