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Rates and Charges

Our main source of income comes from rates and charges. Other funding comes through sources like government grants and revenue from investments. 

Your rates and charges help to pay for a whole range of facilities and services in the Wollongong area like:

  • looking after our beaches, parks and sportsgrounds
  • collecting waste
  • maintaining our roads
  • managing our development assessment system
  • running our libraries, community centres and many other programs.

Each year, IPART, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, determines the rate peg, or allowable annual increase in general income for councils.  This increase only applies to Council’s rates and was 2.3% for the 2018-2019 financial year.

When are my rates due?

The 2018-2019 rating period commences from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. You have the choice to either pay your rates by lump sum, or quarterly instalments.

If you elect to pay a lump sum, the full amount is due by 31 August.

If you choose to pay your rates in four equal instalments, the instalment payments are due on or before:

  • 31 August
  • 30 November
  • 28 February
  • 31 May 

Service of Rates Notice

Council has two services that are available to you to receive your bills electronically:
1. BPAY View:  you can opt to receive bills and statements straight to your online financial institution account. For details, visit http://www.bpay.com.au/Personal/Receiving-bills-with-BPAY-View.aspx or contact your financial institution.
2. Email Broadcast: you can register for this service to get notices via email at https://registrations.pml.com.au/wollongong
Visit our Rates & Charges page to learn more about our payment methods, or pay your rates online.

What to do if you are having difficulty paying rates

People having difficulty paying their rates should call us on (02) 4227 7111 as soon as possible, preferably before the account becomes overdue.

Pensioner Concession Rebates

Eligible pensioners are those that hold either a blue concession card from Centrelink or alternatively a Gold Card from DVA (DVA, TPI, EDI) and reside at the property.

These eligible pensioners may be granted a concessional rebate up to a maximum of $250 per financial year or $62.50 per instalment, dependent upon the card start date and/or settlement date of the property.
For more information please call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Rates calculation

Council is required to determine the combination of rates, charges, fees and pricing policies to fund the services provided to the Community.  This is called a Revenue Policy, which contains the rating structure that determines the amount you pay.
Rates are based on the land value multiplied by the rate in the dollar.
The residential rate category has a ‘base rate’ which is a flat amount of $741.05; along with an ad-valorem amount, this spreads the burden of the rates across all rate payers.
The business, farmland and mining rates are calculated on an ad-valorem basis with a minimum rate amount applicable.
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