Until this year, the State Government funded certain concession on council rates. These concession were formerly available to holders of pensioner concession cards, veterans, low income earners, unemployed students and self funded retirees.
These concession were abolished by the State Government from 30 June 2015.
Previously eligible recipients applied to State Government and the State Government then passed on the concession to Councils for us to offset against rates levied.
From 1 July 2015, these concessions have been replaced by a single “cost of living” payment which will now be provided directly to those entitled (as opposed to through Council rates as a deduction)
These payments of up to $200 may be used to offset council rates by the recipient.
To check eligibility contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Concession hotline 1800 307 758 or at www.sa.gov.au/
If our records show you are eligible, your rates account will be automatically adjusted to limit any rate increase to 12.5% of the rates paid for 2014/15.
This capping rebate is provided to reduce the impact on residential ratepayers whose rates have increased substantially this year due to rapid changes in valuations.
To be eligible, the increase in rates levied of more than 12.5 percent (excluding the Natural Resources Management Levy and Pensioner Concessions) cannot be as a result of:
If you believe you meet the criteria for the rate capping rebate and a rebate does not appear on your rates notice, please contact us.
Note: ratepayers should appreciate that there can be a delay in valuations being adjusted for improvements made to a property by the Valuer General, spanning over financial years.
Are you a pensioner or self funded retiree on the minimum rate of $1,015 for 2015/16? If so, then you may be eligible for further rate relief.
Minimum Rate Remission - No need to apply
If our records show that your property is on the minimum rate of $1,015 in 2015/16 and you were also levied the minimum rate in 2014/15 of $980 and successfully received a minimum rate remission in 2014/15 (of either $43 or $21) you may be eligible for a rate remission again in 2015/16.
If in 2014/15 you received a remission of $43 you will receive a further remission of rates in 2015/16 of $45 to ensure your rates increase is capped at 3.5%.
If in 2014/15 you received a remission of $21 you will receive a further remission of $23 in 2015/16 to ensure your rates increase is capped at 3.5%.
These rebates will be calculated by council and adjusted to your rates notice if council records show you are eligible.
If you believe you meet the criteria for the minimum rate remission rebate and a rebate does not appear on your rates notice, please contact us.
Postponement of Rates
If you or your spouse currently hold a seniors card and your property is you or your spouse's principal place of residence you may be able to defer the amount of your rates that exceeds $500 until your property is sold. Other criteria apply. Interest will accrue on the deferred amount.
If you are building your new family home in 2015/16 on land classed as "vacant land" on your annual rates notice for 2015/16 you may be eligible for a rate rebate.
To be eligible for a rebate you must demonstrate that building works have substantially commenced (footings poured) and you will live in the home on completion for at least 1 year.
A rebate of 100% of the difference between the vacant and residential rate for your property may be made if the footings have been poured prior to 31 December 2015.
A rebate of 50% of the difference between the vacant and residential rate for your property may be made if the footings are poured after 31 December 2015.
Applications must be received before close of business 30 June 2015.
A person willfully making a false declaration is liable to substantial penalty.
If you are experiencing difficulties meeting your rates payments and are experiencing financial hardship please contact us to arrange tailored payment plan to meet your circumstances. All arrangements are strictly confidential.
Explore the SA Government Link below for ideas, tips and budgeting tools designed to assist your household in managing its cost of living:
Rate rebates apply for land used for health and community services, religious purposes, cemeteries and educational institutions. These rebates vary from 25% - 100%.
If you believe your organisation may be eligible for a discretionary rebate you will be required to lodge an application form by 30 April each year.