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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

About Your Rates

How your rates are calculated

The Rates and Charges Notice for the financial year 1-7-2019 to 30-6-2020 were issued in July 2019. Valuations with a Base Date of 1-7-2016 are applicable.

Residential Rates

Type of Rates Base Rate Ad valorem Rate
General Rate 0.101319
Special Rate Environmental $15.51 0.001370
Special Rate Road Infrastructure $33.78 0.002845
Special Rate Other Infrastructure $22.15 0.001931
Special Rate Community Facilities $20.00 0.003268
Special Rate Operational $0.00 0.003407

Minimum Rate for 2019/20 is $559.51

Business Rates

Type of Rates Base Rate Ad valorem Rate
General Rate $69.86 0.095461
Special Rate Environmental $15.51 0.001370
Special Rate Road Infrastructure $33.78 0.002845
Special Rate Other Infrastructure $22.15 0.001931
Special Rate Community Facilities $20.00 0.003268
Special Rate Operational $0.00 0.003407

Special Rates Programs

Income raised from the levy of the special rates is expended specifically for that purpose only.

Environmental Levy

(Base Amount and Ad Valorem)
This Special Rate will provide funding for $1.8M of environmental works over 10 years commencing 1/7/2013, and is also applicable to all rateable properties.

Roads Infrastructure Special Rate

Roads Infrastructure Special Rate (commencing on 01/07/2012 for a period of 10 years). This special rate will provide Council with the funds to undertake the extensive roads capital expenditure program.

Other Infrastructure Special Rate

Other Infrastructure Special Rate (commencing on 01/07/2013 for a period of 10 years). This special rate will provide Council with $2.5M to undertake the foothpath, kerb and gutter renewal program.

Community Facilities Special Rate

(Base amount and Ad Valorem)

This is a renewal of a previous Special Variation for Community facilities and asset renewal program which expired on 30 June 2017. This 4.04% increase is to be retained temporarily in the rate base from 2019/20 to 2028/29.

Operational Special Rate - New

(Ad Valorem Rate Only)

3% increase to be retained permanently in the rate base, which Council intends to use to maintain current service levels.

Waste & Recycling Charges

Domestic Waste Charges (S496)

Type of Service Charge
240 Litre bin $726.28
120 Litre bin $537.65
80 Litre bin $377.10
Availability Charge $36.13
Additional Recycling Service $154.40
Additional Green Waste Service $154.40

Business Waste Charges (S501(1)) GST Applicable.

Type of Service Charge including GST.
240 Litre Bin $1105.67
120 Litre Bin $950.67
Business (street bin service only) $443.55
Recycle Service Only $154.40

It is compulsory for all business properties to pay the Business (street bin service). If your business uses a 120L or 240L garbage service provided by Council, then the charge for the Business (street bin service) is incorporated into your 120/240L garbage charge.

Multi-Unit Waste Charges (S496) residential - Domestic

Type of service Charge
Shared Service (2units)(240L) $363.11
Shared Service (3units)(240L) $242.07

Click the here to download the application forms to change the type, number of services for your property or to replace a stolen or damaged bin.

Further information regarding waste management can be found on Council's website under Council Services and Your Environment.

Categories of Land

Section 514 of the Local Government Act 1993, requires all rateable land to be placed in one of the following categories - Residential, Business, Farmland or Mining. However, when a property is legally used for both residential and business purposes an application can be made to Council who in turn will make application to the Valuer General's Department for mixed development factors.

If you are dissatisfied with the category Council has assigned to your property you may at any time lodge an appeal with council to have the category changed. This will need to be done by writing a letter to Council outlining the circumstances in regard to the change of rating category. Section 526 also provides the right of appeal against a Council decision to the Land and Environment Court with 30 days of Council's declaration.

Late Payment

Rates instalments not paid in full by the due date will be subject to daily interest as in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 at the interest rate approved by the Minister for Local Government annually.

The Minister has set the interest rate of 7.5% for 2019/20.

Overdue rates may also be subject to recovery proceedings by Council & may incur recovery costs.
Should you be having difficulty paying your rates by the due date please contact Council's Rates Department.

Change of mailing address

If the mailing address is different to that which is listed on your rates notice please contact Council's Rates Department in writing as soon as possible.
Notification may be made by fax, post, email or in person at Council's offices we cannot however accept change of address by phone.


Land Valuations

The land values assigned for rating purposes are supplied by the Valuer General's Office. These valuations are made every 3 years (approximately).

Appeals Against Land Valuations

Any objections or appeals regarding the valuation of the land value must be directed to the Valuer General's Office. Whether or not an objection is pending, the rates levied must be paid by the due date indicated on the front of your Rate Notice.

Land Exempt from Rates

Certain land is exempt from rating (referred to as "Non-Rateable Land").

In order to be eligible for exemption from rating (Non-Rateable Land) your parcel of land must be one of the following categories, as stipulated in the Local Government Act, 1993, they include;

  • Churches
  • Minister's residences
  • Schools
  • Public Land
  • Hospitals
  • Land owned and used by Public Charities and certain other land as provided in the provisions of the section 555 of the Local Government Act, 1993.

You may apply to have your property exempt from rating, or appeal Council's decision, in the Land and Environment Court.

Further information regarding non-rateable land may be obtained from the Council's Rates Department on (02) 9879 9435.

Pensioner Concession

To become an eligible pensioner you must be liable for the rates and charges on a property.
This property will need to be your sole or principal residence, and you must have a current pensioner concession card.
A valid pensioner concession card will need to be issued by either Centrelink or under the following circumstances by the Department of Veteran's Affairs:

  • you are a widow or widower of a member of the Australian Defence or Peacekeeping Forces, or
  • you are the unmarried mother of a deceased unmarried member of either of those forces, or
  • you are a widowed mother of a deceased unmarried member of either of those forces, or
  • you are a TPI under the Veterans'' Entitlement Act, 1986, or
  • you receive a general rate of pension adjusted for extreme disablement under section 22 (4) of the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 of the Commonwealth, or a special rate of pension under section 24 of that Act.

Please Note:

If you start receiving a pension after the commencement of a quarterly billing period and you meet the above conditions, you can claim a rebate from the start of the next quarterly billing period.

If you cease to qualify as an eligible pensioner, you will not be entitled to receive a rebate after the end of the quarterly billing period in which you ceased to be eligible. Therefore, if you were granted a pensioner rebate in advance that you are no longer entitled to, it will be charged back to your rate account for the period pertaining to your ineligibility.

Please contact the Council on 9879 9435 immediately if your eligibility changes.

Applications may be made in person at Council's Offices in Town Hall 22 Alexandra St Hunters Hill. Councils officers will need to sight your Pensioner Concession Card so please have it with you.

Section 603

Solicitors, real estate agents and members of the public may make an application for a certificate accompanied by the approved fee.

Section 603 Certificates: Fees

There is a statutory fee of $85.00 for 2019/20 financial year, payable for each Section 603 certificate. GST is not applicable.

Section 603 Certificates: Processing Time and Ordering

The certificate may be ordered through the mail or at Council's front counter.
The usual processing time for a Section 603 certificate is 2-3 working days from the date of payment and receipt.
An application for a 603 certificate is available in the Rates Forms Section or by following the link below.

Taxation considerations

For every property transaction you make, you need to think about tax implications. To help you to determine property related GST obligations, refer to the GST and Property Guide on the Australian Taxation Office website.


Phone (02) 9879 9400
Email council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au
Mail PO Box 21 Hunters Hill NSW 2110
In person Town Hall 22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill
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