Rating INFORMATION - 2019/20

2019/20 Rates and Charges - General Information

Download a copy of the 2019/20 Rates Information Brochure

Issue of 2019/20 rates notice 1 August 2019
Payment in full due 6 September 2019
Online Rate Payment - via the Town's website  Pay rates online here via the Town's  Website

Adopted Differential Rates 2019/20

In accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Town of East Fremantle hereby impose differential rates for each rating category in the 2019/20 rating year. Please refer to the following table for details:

GRV Residential

6.9949 cents in the dollar

GRV Commercial

10.6227 cents in the dollar

A document outlining the Town’s objects and reasons for the differential rates and minimum payments is available by clicking the link below:

Differential General Rates and Minimum Payments - Objects & Reasons

 

Understanding Your Rate Notice

1.  How are your rates calculated The rates component is calculated by multiplying the rate in the dollar to the Gross Rental Value (GRV) as determined by the Valuer General's Office.

6.  Payment options The Town of East Fremantle offers ratepayer two (2) payment options,  i.e pay in full, or pay by instalments.  
 

2.  Emergency Services LevyThe Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a State Government

charge applicable to all properties in WA, that is collected by the City on behalf of the Fire and Emergency Services Department.

7.  Customer Reference Number The Customer Reference Number (CRN) is a unique number allocated to the assessment and required when making payment.

3.  Pool Inspection Fee The inspection fee is incurred by all properties that have a swimming pool, pond or spa. The fee is levied in accordance with the Town's fees and charges as stipulated by the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012.

8.  Your property assessment number The Assessment Number is a unique number that identifies a rateable property. It can be used to pay rates on the Town's website or register for e-rates.

4.  Additional Bins Each residential property within the Town is entitled to a standard waste service, this includes 1 General Rubbish Bin , 1 FOGO Bin and 1 Recycling Bin. Commercial properties within the Town have a separate refuse and cycling charge per service.  

9.  Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) The Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) is a value determined by the Valuer General’s Office and is used in the calculation of Rates and ESL.

5.  Your total rates, fees and charges Total payable is an aggregation of all the individual levies.

10.  Rate The rate in the dollar and fees and charges adopted by Council.

 

Register for e-Rates

The Town of East Fremantle is pleased to offer you the option of receive your future Rates Notices via email.

If you would like to receive your property's Rates Notice via email following this link, fill in your details,and click the "Register" button when complete.

By choosing to receive your rates notices electronically you will be assisting the environment. If you elect to receive your rate notice by electronic delivery you will no longer receive a paper copy in the mail. 

 

How are rates calculated?

Local Government Authorities in Western Australia levy rates against each property by determining a 'rate in the dollar' which is then multiplied by the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of the property as determined by the Valuer General's Office.

For Example

In the 2019/2020 financial year, Council has determined that the rate in the dollar to be applied for rates is 6.9949 cents in the dollar for Residential Properties. This means that 6.9949 cents will be levied as rates for every dollar of GRV assigned to a property depending on which differential rates category it falls into.

The Valuer General may determine that a brick and tiled house in East Fremantle which contains 4 bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, laundry, and a double carport could attract a rent after basic expenses of $686 per week. Rent of $686 per week multiplied by 52 weeks per year gives a Gross Rental Value of $35,700.

GRV = $686 x 52 = $35,700

The rates to be levied against that particular property would be

Rates = $35,700 x 6.9949 divided by 100 = $2,497.17

Gross Rental Value of $35,700 multiplied by the rate in the dollar of 6.9949 gives the value of rates for the property of $2,497.17

 

Minimum Rates

A minimum rate is imposed when the amount calculated by the rates formula is less than the amount determined to be the equitable minimum cost of servicing lots in the Town of East Fremantle. General rates and minimum payments are levied to meet the budgetary requirements of the Town of East Fremantle.

In accordance with Sections 6.32, 6.33, 6.34 and 6.35 of the Local Government Act 1995, in 2019/2020 the Town of East Fremantle imposed differential general rates and minimum payments on Gross Rental Values.

Minimum Payments

GRV Residential

$1,106

GRV Commercial

$1,654

 

Differential Rates and Minimum Payments 

The object of this proposed rate is to apply a base differential general rate to land zoned and used for residential purposes and to act as the Town’s benchmark differential rate by which all other GRV rated properties are assessed. The reason for this rate is to ensure that all ratepayers make a reasonable or minimum contribution towards the ongoing maintenance and provision of works, services and facilities throughout the Town.

In accordance with Sections 6.32, 6.33, 6.34 and 6.35 of the Local Government Act 1995, in 2019/2020 the Town of East Fremantle imposed differential general rates and minimum payments on Gross Rental Values.

Minimum Payments

Rating Category

Rate in $

Minimum Payment

GRV Residential

6.9949 cents in the dollar

$1,106

GRV Commercial

10.6227 cents in the dollar

$1,654

 

Additional Bins

The Standard Waste Services provided by the Town applicable to your property are included in the rateable charge.

Any additional waste services (additional bins) that you receive are individually listed in the details and levy of the rate notice.

Pursuant to section 67 of the Waste Avoidance and Resources Recovery Act 2007, Council imposes the following charges for the removal and deposit of commercial waste and additional receptacle services:

Description

Fee

Refuse and Recycling Service – 2 MGBs

$500.00 per annum

120L/240L General Waste Bin (Red Bin/Green Bin Lid)

$250.00 per annum

240L/360L Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid)

$250.00 per annum

Bulk Bin Services

Cost + 15%

 

Swimming Pool Inspection Fees

Pursuant to section 245A (8) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960, and regulation 53 of the Building Regulations 2012, Council  has imposed a private swimming pool four yearly inspection fee of $57.60 inclusive of GST for each property where a private swimming pool is located, charged at $14.40 per annum.

Rate Payers must let the Town know in writing by emailing admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au if they no longer have a swimming pool. This way, we know that inspections at your property are not required.

 

Emergency Services Levy

The Emergency Services levy is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The levy provides fire and emergency services including fire stations, volunteer fire brigades, SES units and more. The amount to be collected, and the applicable rates and charging parameters, are declared annually by the Minister of Emergency Services. For more information, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call on free-call 1300 136 099. Late payment interest will accrue daily at a rate of 11% per annum.

Please refer to the 2019/20 Emergency Services Levy Brochure for further information.

 

What is my property assessment number?

The Assessment Number is a unique number allocated to your property and you will need to quote this number when you contact the Town of East Fremantle.

 

Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) as set by Landgate

The GRV is an annual rental value determined by the Valuer General once every 3 years in the metropolitan area. This means properties are valued on their potential rental income rather that their capital value.

Determinations of Gross Rental Values (GRV) used in calculating rates are supplied to local governments by the Valuer General's Office. Any objection against the valuation must be made in writing within 60 days of issue to:

Valuer General's Office
PO Box 2222
MIDLAND WA 6936 

Where an objection to the Valuer General has been made, the full amount of rates is still due and payable 35 days from date of issue of the rate notice. Any decision resulting from the objection or subsequent Land Tribunal hearing will be retrospectively adjusted.

For further information visit  https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/for-individuals/property-valuations/lodging-an-objection or contact (08) 9273 7341.

 

Can I pay my Rates in instalments?

Providing that requirements for eligibility for the Rates Instalment Payment Option have been met, a ratepayer may pay their rates over two (2) or four (4) instalments. To qualify for the instalment option, ratepayers must pay any arrears and the full amount of the first instalment by the due date for instalment number 1.
 
The payment must be received by the Town of East Fremantle by close of business on that date. No responsibility can be taken for any delays encountered in the delivery of the mail.

The due dates for payment of rates by instalments for the 2019/2020 rating year are:

Two Instalments:

Full Payment and instalment 

Due date 6 September 2019

2nd quarterly instalment 

Due date 10 January 2020

Four Instalments:

Full Payment and instalment

Due date 6 September 2019

2nd quarterly instalment 

Due date 8 November 2019

3rd quarterly instalment 

Due date 10 January 2020

4th quarterly instalment 

Due date 11 March 2020

 

What is my customer reference number?

The Customer Reference Number is a unique number allocated to the assessment and required for when you make a payment online. Do not enter any spaces between the numbers.

 

Deferment of Rates

For those ratepayers who have a Seniors Card (SC) and a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) or a Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) or a State Concession Card (SCC) registered on their property, the option to defer the payment of rates may apply.

Deferment of the payment of rates means that the pensioner does not have to pay their rates each financial year. The deferment option only applies to rates and the ESL charge (Emergency Service Levy), all other charges must be paid in full by the due date. 

When the amount due as shown on the Rate Notice is not paid by 30 June of the financial year, the pensioner rebate will be reversed and the full amount of rates will be transferred to a deferred rates account for eligible pensioners.The deferred rates amount is held in a separate account and will remain outstanding against the property.

Deferred rates must be paid in full when the property transfers ownership, the pensioner dies, or the pensioner ceases to reside in the property as their 'ordinary place of residence'. 

Important Information - Deferred Rates

  • remains as a debt on the property until paid
  • becomes payable in full upon the death of the pensioner or if the property is sold or if the pensioner ceases to reside in the property
  • may be paid at any time, BUT you do not receive any concession when they are paid (you forfeit any concession you may have been entitled to within the financial year) and
  • does not incur penalty interest charges. 

Please note, life tenants, pensioners in receipt of a proportionate rebate (where they are not receiving the full 50% rebate) and Senior Card holders are not entitled to defer their rates and must pay the balance on their account in full by 30 June of the financial year to claim the rebate. Should they fail to pay their rates by the due date, the rebate will be reversed and the full amount of rates will become outstanding on the account. The reversed rebate cannot be claimed at a later date.

Further note, rates arrears are payable in full immediately, irrespective of whether a rebate is registered on the property. Overdue rates may be referred to a debt recovery agent if they remain unpaid.

 

How can I let you know I have changed my address?

It is essential that the Town has the correct postal address recorded for each of its ratepayers. This is needed not only to ensure that the Council rate notices are promptly received but also to ensure that when the Town undertakes community consultation that all affected ratepayers are notified.


To protect ratepayers against unauthorised changes of address in the Town’s records, we require all changes of address to be completed in writing. You can submit the electronic change of details form below or you can email the Town of East Fremantle at admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au and include your postal address.

Change of Details Form

 

Interim Rates

Some ratepayers may receive amended rate notices during the year called Interim Rates Notices. These notices are required to be issued if the Valuer General's Office considers that the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of a ratepayers' property has changed.

Any alteration to the property could cause the GRV of your property to be re-assessed by the Valuer General's Office. Typical events which could trigger a revaluation and the need to issue an Interim Rates Notice include:

  • Creation of a new property;
    (If a lot is created from a subdivision, amalgamation or strata title)
  • Improvements or additions to the property;
    (Installation of a swimming pool, construction of a garage or carport or the addition of a bedroom)
  • Demolition of a property;
    (This is usually the first step in the redevelopment of a site and only the first in a series of interim rate adjustments)
  • Removal of a swimming pool; or
  • Change of rubbish bin services to a property.

 

Penalty Interest on overdue amounts

To ensure that the many ratepayers who pay their rates accounts to the Town by the due dates are not disadvantaged, the Town of East Fremantle has resolved that it will charge interest on rates balances which remain unpaid after the due date.

Section 6.51 (1) and subject to section 6.51 (4) of the Local Government Act 1995 and regulation 70 of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996,  allows for interest to be charged on 'Overdue Amounts' which are defined as rates which remain outstanding beyond the due date specified on the Annual Rates Notice.

The maximum interest rate which can be charged on outstanding rates amounts is determined by the Local Government Financial Management Regulations. Currently, this amount is set at 11% per annum or 0.0301% per day and is calculated daily on amounts that are not paid within 35 days of the issue date of the notice.

 

Pro Rata Provisions

You must immediately advise both the Water Corporation and your Local Government if your circumstances change at any time. For example, notification is required if:

  • you are issued with a new card or your card is cancelled or expires
  • your original application details will or have changed
  • you sell or transfer an interest in all, or part, of your property or move to another address
  • as a senior (card issued by the Department of Local Government & Communities) you become an eligible pensioner or the holder of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; or
  • you or your spouse ceases occupation of the property.

 

Who pays Local Government Rates

Anyone owning residential or commercial property in the Town of East Fremantle is a ratepayer and is required to pay rates. Some government bodies, educational and registered charitable organisations are exempt from paying Council rates.

Annual Rates Notices are issued by the Town of East Fremantle early in the financial year and are due 35 days from the date of issue.

The Town of East Fremantle levies rates each year to fund Council services such as maintenance of parks, library services, roads, health, sanitation, building control and operation of recreational facilities.

 

How can I pay my rates?

The Town of East Fremantle is pleased to provide a variety of rate payment options:

  • online via the Town's website - go to our Online Payments portal
  • by telephone
  • Bpay
  • in person, or by
  • mail

Mastercard and Visa Card are accepted.

Pay Online with Mastercard and Visa Card

Bpay

Contact your participating financial institution to make a payment from your nominated account.

Please see the front of your Rate Notice for find the Biller Code and your reference number.

Note: Credit Card payment is not available with this option.

Pay in person 

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or EFTPOS (including credit card) on presentation of your rates notice INTACT to:

Town Hall, 135 Canning Highway, East Fremantle

Pay by mail

Please make cheques payable to the Town of East Fremantle, and crossed ‘Not Negotiable’. Complete and insert your cheque and payment slip only. The top portion of the notice should be retained as your record. No receipt will be issued.

 Information about Concessions

Am I eligible for concessions?

To receive a concession you must:

  • hold one or more of the appropriate Pensioner or Seniors Cards as detailed below
  • be the owner or co-owner of the property or have a right to reside at the property under the terms of a Probated Will as at 1 July, and
  • occupy the property as your 'ordinary place of residence'.

Where the property is subject to co-ownership, a partial concession may apply. Pensioners in receipt of a partial concession are not entitled to defer their annual rates.

Where a 'right to reside' at the property under the terms of a Probated Will exists, you will need to provide a copy of the appropriate documents when registering.

The concessions applying to each type of eligible card are detailed below:

Seniors Card (SC) ONLY

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 25% rebate on your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $100.00, and
  • the deferment option will NOT be available.

Seniors Card (SC) AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 50% rebate on your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $750.00
  • you may be entitled to defer your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy, and
  • the rebate will be limited to a maximum amount.

Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) OR State Concession Card (SCC)

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 50% rebate on your Rates, Annual Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $750.00.
  • you may be entitled to defer your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy
  • a maximum cap applies on your Council & Water rates.

 

What types of concessions are available?

You have the choice of either a REBATE on, or the DEFERMENT of, your Annual Water Service Charges, Local Government Rates and Fire and Emergency Services Levy.

To obtain a Rebate on your Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy you will need to pay the amount indicated on your notice by 30 June of the current financial year. (Refer to section How do I apply for a concession?)

Your Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy will automatically be deferred, where you are eligible. 

If the amount required to be paid to receive a rebate is not paid by 30 June of the current financial year the deferment option is not available where the property:

  • is occupied under a life tenancy or right of residency under the terms of a Probated Will of a deceased estate, or
  • subject to co-ownership other than with a spouse/de facto partner), or
  • you have eligibility for a Senior Concession only.

Please note, if the deferment option is not available, you must pay the amount indicated on your Rates or Water Service Charges notice before 30 June of the current financial year to receive the rebate.

Where do I find more information about Concession Cards?

WA SENIORS CARD
Department of Local Government and Communities (WA Government)
Phone: (08)6551 8800 Country: 1800 671 233
8:30am to 4pm weekdays (except public holidays)

COMMONWEALTH SENIORS HEALTH CARD OR PENSIONERS CONCESSION CARD
Centrelink (Commonwealth Government)
Phone: 13 23 00
Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs
Phone: 9366 8222 or
Country 1800 113 304

STATE CONCESSION CARD
Family and Children's Services (WA Government)
Phone: 9222 2555 or
Country 1800 622 258

How do I apply for a Concession?

To apply for a concession, phone the Water Corporation Rebate Application Line on 1300 659 951 to submit a rebate application form over the telephone.

To receive a Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy concession, you must register with either the Water Corporation or your Local Government. Your one application will be registered at both organisations.

Your applications for registration will be effective from the day that either the Water Corporation or your Local Government first receives a completed registration form.

IMPORTANT

You can only claim a concession or deferment (where eligible) on one (1) property in any one rating year. This applies to the property owned and occupied as at 1 July.

Where arrears of your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges or Fire and Emergency Services Levy exist, a concession may be available where you enter into, and satisfy, a payment arrangement to clear the arrears.