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About Your Rates

Find out what your property rates are used for and how rates are calculated. Information on the Emergency Services Levy is also provided.

What rates are used for

Rates are annual taxes paid by property owners, that are then re-invested into the community.

Just some of the services and facilities covered by rates include:

  • Community support services
  • Environmental conservation
  • Environmental health
  • Libraries, leisure and community centres
  • Planning, building and engineering
  • Parks and reserves
  • Roads and footpaths
  • Safety and security
  • Waste management.

More information is provided in the document below:

Statement of Object and Reasons - Rating Strategy 2024/25

How rates are calculated

Rates are based on two factors:

  1. The rate in the dollar set by Council each year at budget time
  2. The valuation of each property, as assessed by the Valuer General.

The annual rates for each property are calculated by multiplying the applicable rate in the dollar by the valuation (GRV or UV) of the property. This is subject to the Minimum Payment. 

Rates = Applicable Differential Rate in the Dollar x Gross Rental Value or Unimproved Value.

Once rates are calculated, an Annual Rate Notice is generated and issued. 

GRV and UV explained

GRV or Gross Rental Value, is the fair rental value of a property, as determined by the Valuer General. It is an estimate of how much it could be expected to receive if the property was rented. ​

UV or Unimproved Value, is the market value of a property, under normal sales conditions. It is determined as though the property remains in its original, natural state, excluding any buildings or other improvements. ​

Emergency Services Levy

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a Sta​​​te Government charge which is forwarded to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

DFES funds Western Australia’s fire and emergency services. This includes all career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Brigades, State Emergency Services units and DFES units throughout WA.

Please visit the DFES website for more information about the Emergency Services Levy.

More information and contacts

For more information about rates please contact us

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are Rates?

Rates are a tax levied on all rateable properties within the boundaries of the City of Kwinana in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.

Why do we have to pay rates?

The overall objective of the proposed rates in the 2024/2025 Budget is to provide for the net funding requirements of the City’s services, activities, financing costs and the current and future capital requirements of the City, after taking into account all other forms of revenue. The formulation of a rating system is about achieving a means by which Council can raise sufficient revenue to pay for the services it provides.

How are rates calculated?

Local Governments calculates the rates to be paid on your individual property by using the following formula: property valuation x rate in the dollar (RiD) = rate payable. The property valuation is determined by the Landgate division of the State Government, by determining the values of the total properties in the City of Kwinana.

The rate in the dollar is then calculated by the City, by working out how much it will cost to run services and provide support to the community and dividing that overall amount by the amount of ‘rateable properties’ in Kwinana.

Why are my rates increasing?

Rate increases are based on a number of complex and inter-related internal and external factors. The Council is subject to inflation and the same cost increases impacting the local community, including the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.9% in February 2024.

The Council’s costs are also subject to the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) for WA, which impacts on the cost of delivering services to the community, plus the City’s capital work programmes. The LGCI reflects the costs for wages, construction, and other services and is a better reflection of the cost increases that local government encounter. The LGCI is forecast at 3.9% for June 2024.

What can I do if I think the valuation of my property is incorrect?

If you believe your property has been incorrectly valued you may lodge an objection with Landgate Valuation Services within 60 days after the date of issue of the rate notice.

Landgate can be contacted on 08 9273 7373, or visit the Landgate website

If an objection is lodged the rate account is still required to be paid in full by the due date or by the instalment option. If a valuation is amended an interim rate notice will be issued showing any adjustments and a refund made if applicable.

What is Differential Rating?

Throughout Western Australia, the basis of using property valuations has been found to be the most appropriate means of achieving rating equity; however, the achievement of a wholly equitable rating system for all properties, in all areas, is a difficult task if it is based on the property valuations alone. For this reason, there are refinement options made available, such as differential rating, that the City of Kwinana has elected to use. Differential rating allows a Council to impose differential general rates according to any or a combination of the following characteristics:

  1. the purpose for which the land is zoned, whether or not under a local
  2. planning scheme or improvement scheme in force under the Planning and Development Act 2005; or
  3. a purpose for which the land is held or used as determined by the local government; or
  4. whether or not the land is vacant land; or
  5. any other characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed.
I’m having some issues paying my rates, what can the City do to support me?

The City provides a number of rate payment options from online payments, to direct debit or instalment plans. We also have a hardship policy to support those in our community who may be going through a tough time. The City is committed to working with its ratepayers to find a solution that meets their needs. Any ratepayer in need of assistance is encouraged to contact our friendly rates team on 9439 0200 or email rates@kwinana.wa.gov.au

Can I receive my rates notice by email?

Yes, you can. We encourage ratepayers to register for eRates. This will ensure that you will no longer receive a mailed paper copy of your rate or instalment notices.

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