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Rates explained

Property owners in the Bega Valley Shire receive their annual rates notice at the end of July each year.

Your annual rates notice is made up of your ordinary rates plus service charges.

Link to the Fire and Emergency Services Levy informaiton.The ordinary rate is calculated in two parts:

  1. being a uniform base rate for each rating category; and
  2. a rate in the dollar which is based on your unimproved land valuation that is provided to Council by Land and Property Information NSW (LPI)

These two parts combined are your ordinary rate.

The service charges are for waste, water, sewer and stormwater.

All these amounts make up your annual rates.

Example of Rates Notice with full services for Residential, Farmland and Business categories

  • Category Residential: land value x ad-volorum = Total ($139,000 x 0.0039732 = $552.274 rounded down)
  • Category Farmland: land value x ad-volorum = Total ($371,000 x 0.0039732 = $1,474.05 rounded down)
  • Category Business: land value x ad-volorum = Total ($286,000 x 0.0075111 = $2,148.17 rounded down)
Rates and Charges Land Value
Land Value
Land Value
Category $552.27 $1,474.05 $2,148.17
Base Rate (Ordinary Rates) $473.00 $473.00 $4.73.00
Sewerage Charge $1,147.00 $1,147.00 $1,147.00
Stormwater Levy $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
20mm Water Access Charge $207.00 $207.00 $207.00
Domestic or Commercial Waste Charge $402.50 $402.00 $553.50
Domestic or Commercial Garden Organics $55.50 $55.50 $55.50
Total $2,862.27 $3,784.05 $4,609.17

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You can pay your annual rates in full or by four instalments.

The full amount needs to paid by August 31 and instalments are to be paid by the following dates:

  • Instalment 1: August 31, 2016
  • Instalment 2: November 30, 2016
  • Instalment 3: February 28, 2017
  • Instalment 4: May 31, 2017

Payments can be made by paying in person at any post office or at the Council offices, by credit card, by direct debit, mail or BPay. read more »»»

Overpayments and Refunds – Rates and Water Accounts

If you have a credit on your rates or water account with the Bega Valley Shire Council, and require a refund, please download the Request for Refund from Rates or Water Account form, fill it out, sign and lodge the form with the Bega Valley Shire Council. When confirmed, the money will be paid directly into your account or dispatched to you as a cheque, as per your request on the form.

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If you are late with your payments, Council is required under the Local Government Act to charge interest on overdue balances at a rate of 8% per annum calculated daily. This interest rate is not set by Council, it is set each year by the Minister for Local Government and cannot be varied. read more »»»

Pensioner Rebates

If you have a pensioner concession card your may be eligible for a rebate. To be eligible the rateable property must be your principal place of residence. The maximum rebate each year is $425 if you receive water and sewerage services from Council. If you think you are eligible for a rebate and it is not shown on your rates notice please phone our customer service centre on 02 6499 2222. Please note that all pensioner rebate applications will undergo confirmation by Centrelink. read more »»»

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Payment Assistance

Bega Valley Shire Council understands that many people at different stages of their lives experience financial difficulties. Please let us know if you are unable to make your payments by the due date. Your situation will be treated in the strictest confidence and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.

If you do not make contact with Council in relation to your outstanding levy you may be subject to debt recovery action, which could cost you additional fees and lead to court proceedings. Overdue rates incur interest on the overdue balance at a rate of 10% per annum. This interest rate is required to be charged under the Local Government Act.

Your Rates Explained

  • Ordinary rates
    Your ordinary rates consist of a base rate reflecting the cost of providing services and infrastructure, and an ad valorem charge based on the value of your land determined by Land and Property Information (LPI), and the category of your property. For more information on land value call the Valuer General's office on 1800 110 038. Read more...
  • Land  Valuations
    This data has been prepared based on the Valuer Generals Information to council using 2015 valuations. Read more...
  • Waste management charges
    Your waste charges cover the cost of providing domestic and organic waste, and recycling services. Commercial properties are charged one commercial waste management charge per rate assessment. Read more...
  • Urban Stormwater charge
    This charge applies to all developed lots that benefit from Council’s stormwater system. The funds are used to improve stormwater management infrastructure. Read more...
  • Water supply and Sewerage service charges
    This funds the infrastructure required to service water and sewer to your property. Unconnected water and sewer charges apply to vacant properties that are within range of connection. Water usage is levied on a separate water notice throughout the year. Read more...
  • On-Site Sewer Management charge
    This applies to properties not connected to the reticulated sewerage scheme. The charge assists Council in managing and regulating on-site sewer systems in accord with NSW laws. The fee covers  administration and system inspection. Read more...

Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

Classification Review

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system to fund NSW fire and emergency services which will move NSW into line with other mainland states. The reform will be a fairer way of raising the money that supports our fire and emergency services and volunteers. Previously only insured property owners contributed directly to the fire and emergency services. Under the FESL, all property owners will contribute - the levy will be paid by property owners alongside council rates.

The FESL will be calculated according to two factors depending on the classification of property as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial, vacant or public benefit.

In April 2017, Council will issue a classification notification to all property owners. If you disagree with the category in which your property has been classified, you may request a review by Council by completing the FESL Classification Review Form and submitting with the application fee. (Note: this fee has been waived by Council until 31 December 2017).  Links to the FESL Classification Review Form are available by clicking the links below:

Where you are dissatisfied with the review, you may appeal to the Land and Environment Court. If a change to your land classification is made by Council, they will advise you within 30 days from the date that the change occurs.


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