If you don’t pay your rates on or before the due date, interest (calculated daily) will be charged on the amount owing and will be applied to the account in the first week of each month.
Rates are calculated annually and include the ordinary rate and annual charges. The ordinary rate includes a flat base amount, plus an ad valorem amount, which is based on the value of your land. The ordinary rate also includes the Sustainability Levy.
You’ll also see a domestic waste management charge listed as a separate amount on your residential or farmland rates notice. This is an annual charge for waste services, which includes a levy charged by the state government. Councils are not permitted to make a profit or loss from this levy.