Rates

Rate notices are issued each year, the billing period being 1 July to 30 June the following year. The Shire offers ratepayers the opportunity to pay rates and charges by one of the following options:

Full Payment

Total Balance owed via one single payment by the due date state on the rates notice.

Instalment Options

Current balance owed via two or four instalments subject to:

  • Payment of the 1st instalment and any overdue balance by the 1st instalment due date state on the rates notice.
  • Accrual of instalment interest and administration fee.
  • If two or more instalments remain unpaid cancellation of this option without refund of any instalment interest or administration fee and classification of the total balance as OVERDUE.

How to pay you rates

The Shire offers a variety of payment methods which include the following:

Credit Card

Payment online with a valid credit card via our secure payment gateway (Visa or Mastercard) or by calling 1300 276 468.

Use your Biller Code and Reference Number, located on the bottom of your rates notice. Click here to pay online

Bpay

Payment through your financial institution via Telephone or Internet Banking.

Use your Biller Code and Reference Number, located on the bottom of your rates notice.

Direct Debit

Payment can be made via weekly or fortnightly Direct Debit. An administration fee will apply. Click here for Direct Debit form

By Mail

Detach the lower portion of your rates notice and make your cheques or money order payable to the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup.

Post to PO Box 94, Donnybrook WA 6239

In Person

Pay at council office Corner of Bentley & Collins Street, Donnybrook by Cash, Cheque or EFPTOS.

Pensioner Concession

Pensioners who meet the eligibility criteria below are entitled to claim a rebate of up to 50% off the current year’s rates (limited to a capped maximum amount), and 50% off the Emergency Services Levy, or may defer payment of those rates.

Seniors who meet the eligibility criteria below are entitled to claim a rebate of up to 25% (limited to a maximum amount).

Any rebate or deferral of rates will be pro-rated from the date that an approved application is lodged with the Shire or Water Corporation.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for concessions under the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments) Act 1992, an applicant must:

be the owner and reside in the property on 1st July of the rating year.

  • if a Pensioner, either be in receipt of a pension and hold a Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card; or hold both a Seniors Card and a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
  • If a Senior, hold a Seniors Card issued by WA Seniors Card Centre.

If you believe you are eligible for a concession, click here for the Concession Application Form or register with Water Corporation online.

Ownership and Address Details

All changes of ownership or address should be notified in writing as soon as possible, so that the Shire records may be updated. Click here for Change of Address Form.

Overdue Rates

In accordance with Section 6.51 of the Local Government Act 1995, Council has resolved that an annual interest charge of 11% be applied on all overdue rates.

Any rates and charges, excluding eligible Pensioners, not paid by the due date will be subject to accrual of penalty interest and may be recovered via Debt Recovery Procedures. All legal costs plus the Shire’s fee associated with such action will be added to the rate assessment. If you are having trouble paying your account, please contact our Rates Department.  

Where any rates, levies and service charges fall into arrears by 3 or more years, then in accordance with section 6.64 of the Local Government Act 1995, Council may from time to time lease the land, sell the land, cause the land to be transferred to the Crown or cause the land to be transferred to itself.

Waste Management Levy

The Shire imposes a Waste Management Levy on all assessments. The levy ensures costs in relation to servicing and maintenance of refuse sites are equally distributed across the Shire.  Funds collected will be used to finance operational costs of all waste disposal sites, and future development and management of landfill sites within the Shire.

Surplus funds will be placed in Reserve for the development of transfer station facilities to replace the Donnybrook landfill site, in accordance with Council’s Strategic Plan.

Note: On application in writing, owners of contiguous vacant assessments (as defined by Council Policy 6.5) may be eligible for a Waste Management Levy exemption.

Emergency Services Levy

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The ESL provides the majority of funding required for career and volunteer Fire & Emergency Service brigades, DFES multi-function brigades/units, Bush Fire brigades and State Emergency Service units.

The amount of ESL to be collected, and the applicable rates and charging parameters, are declared annually by the Minister for Emergency Services.

For more information please refer to the ESL section of the DFES website.

Valuation

Valuations of properties within the shire have been supplied by the Valuer General’s Office. Any objections to the valuation must be lodged in writing within 60 days of the issue date of a rates notice. For further information about your valuation and how to lodge an objection please visit the Landgate website.

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