Paying your rates
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When are rates due?
Your rate notice is generally posted out in August/September.
Quarterly instalments must be paid by the following dates:
||30 September 2020
||30 November 2020
||28 February 2021
||31 May 2021
To be eligible to pay by instalments, you must pay your first instalment amount by 30 September 2020. You will then receive reminder notices for the rest of the instalment dates.
If paying your rates in full, they are to be paid by 15 February each year.
Part payments can be made at any time as long as your total rates are paid off by 15 February each year.
New payment option - Direct Debit
Direct Debit payments are now available for payment of your annual rates and charges.
With this option, payments will be deducted directly from your nominated bank account. You will need to complete a Direct Debit Request form(PDF, 536KB) and return to our office.
A number of direct debit options are available, including
- Fortnightly - deducted on a Thursday (in line with pension paydays - please refer to dva.gov.au for more information)
- Monthly - deducted on 28th of each month
- Quarterly - deducted as per the instalment due dates
Your direct debit payment amount will be calculated to ensure that rates and charges are paid in full by 31 May.
Who pays rates?
Everyone who owns ‘rateable’ property pays rates. Non rateable properties include hospitals, schools and churches.
Why do we pay rates?
Council needs income to pay for services, maintenance and capital works. It is so we can provide you with services such as libraries, recreational facilities, community buildings, waste services, roads maintenance - all the things that you need/want in your community.
What if I cannot pay my rates?
Please contact Council's Rates Department on (03) 5772 0333 to determine whether payment arrangements can be made.
Persons holding one of the following eligible pensioner concession cards may be entitled to a rebate from their Council rates:
Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card - War Widow (WW)
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card - Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)
To apply for a pensioner concession, complete and return an application for concession on municipal rates (PDF, 124KB)prior to 30 June. A copy of your concession card must accompany your application.
Pensioner concession only applies to eligible pensioners who are permanent residents of a property within the Murrindindi Shire. It does not apply to health care card holders.
Further information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services – Concession website http://services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/municipal-rates-concession or contact Council’s Rates Unit on (03) 5772 0333.
Municipal Charge Exemption
If a single farm enterprise is conducted on several properties within the Municipality, only one municipal charge is applicable for the principal place of residence. People who qualify must apply for the exemption to Council before 15 February.