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Differential rates open for community comment

Differential rates open for community comment
1 May 2024

The City of Kwinana is inviting ratepayers to have their say on the proposed differential rates for 2024-2025 from today (Wednesday, 1 May) until Thursday, 23 May 2024.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council, on Wednesday, 24 April 2024, Council endorsed the general rates for Gross Rental Value (GRV) and Unimproved Value (UV) differential rating categories for the purpose of setting individual rates.

Mayor Peter Feasey stressed that all feedback received from the community through this engagement opportunity on the differential rating categories help to form part of the complex equation for determining the rates payable for each individual property.

"The Council aims to ensure that the proposed rates align with the economic realities and needs of our community. We strive to keep our rate increases minimal, focusing on operational efficiencies while delivering the essential services our residents rely on," Mayor Feasey said.

“We have worked diligently to ensure that we keep the increase below inflation rates while still maintaining the required level of service expected of us by our community.

“Council has proposed to increase rates by an average of 4.2 per cent this year, or $1.27 per week for an average residential property. While we appreciate that the cost of living is having a significant impact on our community at the moment, inflation, which includes an increase of 3.9% for the consumer price index (CPI) for the last quarter and a 3.9 per cent increase to the Local Government Cost Index, have added additional financial pressure on the City as well,” he said.    

The City provides a number of rate payment options from online payments, to direct debit or instalment plans. A hardship policy is also in place to support those in the community who may require assistance.

“The City is committed to working with any of its ratepayers who might be going through a tough time to find a solution that meets their needs. Any ratepayer in need of assistance is encouraged to contact the City’s on 9439 0200 or email,” Mayor Feasey said.

The City’s rates are based on its Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP), adopted in December 2021, which forecast an increase of three per cent. However, the forecast was based on assumptions including economic forecasts, CPI increases, and the LGCI predictions. Unfortunately, actual inflation rates have surpassed these forecasts, prompting a slightly higher than anticipated increase for next financial year.

Ratepayers wanting to have their say on the City’s differential rates, and to view the statement of objects and reasons, can do so from Wednesday, 1 May 2024 at To find out more information about rates visit the City’s website at

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