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Rates explained

Property owners in the Bega Valley Shire normally receive their annual rates notice at the end of July each year. In 2020 rates notices will be issued at the end of August, as a result of relief measures put in place following the Bega Valley bushfires.

Your Annual Rates Notice

Your annual rates notice is made up of your ordinary rates plus service charges.

The ordinary rate is calculated in two parts:

  1. uniform base rate for each rating category; and
  2. rate in the dollar which is based on your unimproved land valuation that is provided to Council by the Valuer General.

These two parts combined are your ordinary rate.

The service charges are for waste, water, sewer and stormwater.

All these amounts make up your annual rates.

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You can pay your annual rates in full or by four instalments.

The full amount needs to paid by September 31 and instalments are to be paid by the following dates:

  • Instalment 1: September 30, 2020
  • Instalment 2: November 30, 2020
  • Instalment 3: February 28, 2021
  • Instalment 4: May 31, 2021

Payments can be made by paying in person at any post office or at the Council offices, by credit card, by direct debit, mail or BPay. read more »»»

Overpayments and Refunds – Rates and Water Accounts

If you have a credit on your rates or water account with the Bega Valley Shire Council, and require a refund, please download the Request for Refund from Rates or Water Account form, fill it out, sign and lodge the form with the Bega Valley Shire Council. When confirmed, the money will be paid directly into your account or dispatched to you as a cheque, as per your request on the form.

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If you are late with your payments, Council is required under the Local Government Act to charge interest on overdue balances for 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 will be 0.0% and 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 of 7.0% per annum calculated daily. This interest rate is not set by Council, it is set each year by the Minister for Local Government and cannot be varied. read more »»»

Pensioner Rebates

If you have a pensioner concession card your may be eligible for a rebate. To be eligible the rateable property must be your principal place of residence. If you think you are eligible for a rebate and it is not shown on your rates notice please phone our customer service centre on 02 6499 2222. Please note that all pensioner rebate applications will undergo confirmation by Centrelink. read more »»»

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Payment Assistance

Bega Valley Shire Council understands that many people at different stages of their lives experience financial difficulties. Please let us know if you are unable to make your payments by the due date. Your situation will be treated in the strictest confidence and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.

We understand that many impacted by drought, bushfires and now COVID-19 are struggling financially and finding it difficult to meet their financial commitments, including those to Council. To help with this, Council has adopted a Financial Hardship Assistance procedure for the period from April 2020 to June 2021 which allows impacted ratepayers to apply for an interest free hardship payment plan. read more »»»

If you do not make contact with Council in relation to your outstanding levy you may be subject to debt recovery action, which could cost you additional fees and lead to court proceedings. Overdue rates incur interest on the overdue balance. This interest rate is required to be charged under the Local Government Act.

Your Rates Explained

  • Ordinary rates
    Your ordinary rates consist of a base rate reflecting the cost of providing services and infrastructure, and an ad valorem charge based on the value of your land determined by Valuer General, and the category of your property. For more information on land value call the Valuer General's office on 1800 110 038. Read more...
  • Land  Valuations
    This data has been prepared based on the Valuer Generals Information to council using 2016 valuations. Read more...
  • Waste management charges
    Your waste charges cover the cost of providing domestic and organic waste, and recycling services. Commercial properties are charged one commercial waste management charge per rate assessment. Read more...
  • Urban Stormwater charge
    This charge applies to all developed lots that benefit from Council’s stormwater system. The funds are used to improve stormwater management infrastructure. Read more...
  • Water supply and Sewerage service charges
    This funds the infrastructure required to service water and sewer to your property. Unconnected water and sewer charges apply to vacant properties that are within range of connection. Water usage is levied on a separate water notice throughout the year. Read more...
  • On-Site Sewer Management charge
    This applies to properties not connected to the reticulated sewerage scheme. The charge assists Council in managing and regulating on-site sewer systems in accord with NSW laws. The fee covers  administration and system inspection. Read more...

Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

The NSW Government announced on 30th May 2017 that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy will not proceed on Council rate notices from July 1 2017 and has been deferred indefinitely. More information can be found at

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