This site contains considerable information to assist the public to understand Council Rates and how they work along with information to assist Councils in setting rates and working with communities.
Council Rates - Public Information - A range of Fact Sheets designed specifically to assist the public and media understand the system of rating and financing Local Government services.
Guidelines, Discussion Papers and Other Resources on Rating
In South Australia, Council Rates are a form of property taxation and property values play an important part in determining how much each individual rate payer contributes. As it is a system of taxation, the rates paid may not directly relate to the services used by each rate payer. An "ad valorem" principle applies which means that the higher the value of the property, the higher the amount to be paid in the form of rates.
Councils work hard to ensure that rates are kept to a reasonable level, consistent with meeting local community requirements for maintaining infrastructure and providing services. They also seek to ensure that rates are applied across the community as fairly as possible. To assist in making the impact of rates fairer to the community, Councils have a number of options that they can use in determining how rates will be set.
A range of resources (listed below) including guidelines, model policy and information papers, have been prepared to assist Councils apply the rating provisions.
Good Practice Guides
- Model Rates Notice 2015-16(321 kb)
- Content for Model Rates Notice 2015-16(54 kb)
- Model Rates Civic Notice 2015-16(317 kb)
- Model Budget Media Release 2015-16(88 kb)
- Communicating Budget and Rates Decisions 2015-16(80 kb)
- Rates Information Package 2015-16(80 kb)
- Postponement of Rates Seniors Information Sheet 2015-16(58 kb)
- Postponement of Rates Seniors Application Form 2015-16(64 kb)
- Postponement of Rates Checklist 2015-16(46 kb)