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Paying your rates

Your rates are due in four instalments:

  • 1st instalment: 30 September
  • 2nd instalment: 30 November
  • 3rd instalment: 28 February
  • 4th instalment: 31 May

Payment Methods

Paying Online

You can pay your rates online using any of the following methods:

  • BPay — pay via your internet or telephone banking account
  • BPoint — using Visa or Mastercard
  • Australia Post BillPay using PayPal or your credit card

Paying by Phone

You can pay your rates by phone using any of the following methods:

  • BPay — contact your bank
  • BPoint — phone 1300 BPOINT (1300 276 468)
  • Australia Post BillPay — phone 131 816

Paying by Direct Debit

Direct debit payments allows the automatic debiting of rates from a nominated bank account

If you pay your rates by direct debit you can choose from:

  • quarterly instalment dates; or
  • 11 monthly payments from August to June

If any of these dates fall on a weekend or public holiday then payments will be processed on the next business day.

Note: To be eligible for direct debit arrangement, the rates payments must be up to date.

To organise direct debit payments complete the direct debit request form below and return to Mitchell Shire Council.

Alternatively, please contact Council on 03 5734 6200 for a form.

Paying in Person

Payments can be made in person at any of our Customer Service Centres or at an Australia Post Outlet.

Paying by Cheque or Money Order

Cheques or money orders can be made payable to Mitchell Shire Council, with reference to your property number.

Return your cheque or money order to Mitchell Shire Council or pay in person at any of our Customer Service Centres.

Pensioner Rebates

The State Government provides pensioners with a rebate off their rates and charges. If you hold a current pensioner concession card you may be able to claim a rebate on your Council rates. The rebate is adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible you must meet these requirements:

  • The property must be your sole or principal place of residence.
  • Your property address the concession relates to must be the same as the address stated on your pension card.
  • You must be the person liable for payment of the rates and charges.
  • Your property must be used exclusively for residential purposes.
  • You must not have claimed a rebate on any other property in the same financial year.

For more information about concessions, go to the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Claiming a Pension Rebate

To apply:

If you have previously applied and your circumstances have not changed, the rebate will automatically be applied to your rates each year.

Please advise Council if your circumstances have changed and you are no longer eligible for a rebate.

Note: Holders of Health Care Cards are not eligible for a rebate.

Late Payments

Are you having trouble paying your rates? Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation and set up a payment plan to avoid extra costs.

Interest will be charged until overdue amounts are paid in full.

Overdue balances that don’t have an up to date payment plan may be referred to a debt collection agency.

Financial Hardship

For ratepayers facing financial difficulties, assistance may be available under Council’s Financial Hardship policy.

To apply for consideration under council’s financial hardship policy:

  • book a free appointment with your local financial councillor
  • complete the Application for Consideration Due to Financial Hardship form (download below)
  • return the application in person at any of our Customer Service Centres; or
  • return the application to Mitchell Shire Council

Further information and resources can be found at ASIC's Money Smart website.