Cockburn Rates Concession FAQs
Why is a rates concession necessary for some residents?
This measure is necessary due to the previous incorporation of waste and security charges into general rates.
Is my property eligible for a Rates Concession?
Your property will receive a rates concession of at least $5 where it is a single dwelling under the Improved Residential property category and it has a GRV value that is $20,877 or greater.
Your rates brochure explains how you can work out the concession amount and includes a worked example.
The City of Cockburn rates notices were mailed out in late July 2016.
If you have not received yours by this time, please contact 9411 3444, or email one of our staff via: firstname.lastname@example.org with your:
The Citys workforce contributes the largest share of operating costs and these have gone up due to enterprise agreement commitments and growth related to increasing services to the community.
Above CPI increases have also applied to State Government utility, waste management and other charges the City must fund.
The City has also recently adopted detailed asset management plans which highlight the need for extra funding if existing service delivery levels are to be maintained over the long term from existing assets.
Responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of a rapidly growing asset base comprising new roads, footpaths and parks from new subdivisions has also added to the cost pressures faced by the City.
The City has continued to incorporate the waste and co-safe charges into the rate in the dollar, similar to Melville, Fremantle and East Fremantle Councils. The reason why Council has done this action is so that Pensioners will be entitled to a larger rebate even with the Government cap of $750.
Given pensioners are living on fixed incomes such as the Age Pension, many of the pensioners have been impacted by negative adjustments made in the recent Federal and State Government budgets. As such, this action will provide many of the approximately 6000 pensioners with a bigger rebate, meaning they will pay less.
Please also note that all relevant information is contained in our Councils Brochure that has gone out with the Rates Notices.
Every ratepayer uses one or more facilities provided by the Council. The moment you drive out of your property onto a road you are using a Council facility.
If you live outside of the City and have a rental property, your tenant uses the Councils facilities.
The Council provides a great number of services, here is a short list:
The City will spend $215.26M on works and services in 2016/17, including $73M on capital projects.
This year, the City will commence or complete a number of major community infrastructure projects including the Cockburn ARC ( Aquatic & Recreation Centre )., the new Bibra Lake Adventure Playground, an outdoor facility incorporating references to the local environment, wildlife and the role it plays in the lives of local Aboriginal people.
The budget also includes the progressive refurbishment of older infrastructure, ensuring that the needs of the community continue to be met in a sustainable and responsible manner.
The City spends money across all areas of the City and in each suburb. Just look at your local park, footpath, new or resealed roads, all street lights are being kept on despite the State Government increasing the cost by 100% in two years, the weekly rubbish and recycling collection service are all services provided by your local Cockburn Council.
Cockburns 2.5% for improved residential and 3.0% for improved commercial/industrial and vacant land compares quite favourably:
Provided pensioners meet the eligibility criteria, they will be entitled to claim up to 50% of their current years rates which is capped to a maximum amount of $750 and 50% of the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) which is a State Government imposed charge to fund the fire brigade and the SES. Underground Power (UGP) rebates are also available for up to 50%of the charge.
Full Pensioners are able to defer payment of their Rates, UGP and ESL charges.
For an immediate application to register for a concession, eligible ratepayers must apply online with Water Corporation at www.watercorporation.com.au or contact them on 1300 659 951.
Seniors who meet the eligibility criteria are also entitled to claim a rebate of up to 25% of Rates and ESL charges only and this rebate is capped to a maximum amount. Seniors and Part Pensioners are not entitled to defer their rates, UGP or ESL charges.
As part of the 2015/16 State Budget, the State Government announced that from the rating year commencing 1 July 2016, the 50% concession allowed to eligible pensioners on local government rates would be restricted to a capped amount. Western Australia was the only State not to provide a dollar cap on Local Government Rates.
The pensioner rates capped amounts will be set each year, consistent with the manner in which seniors rates caps are set. The gazettal of the cap amount usually occurs in late June, prior to the commencement of the rating year. The pensioner rate capped amount has been announced as $750 for 2016/17.
The City does not administer the laws in regards to pensioner concessions. If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the capping of the pensioner rebate you will need to contact your local Member of Parliament.
This year pensioners will benefit from increased rebates because the Waste Management Service charge and the CoSafe Levy have been incorporated in the Rate in the Dollar and the minimum payment for owners of Residential properties.
Pensioners are encouraged to make a regular payment plan either by direct debit or through Centrepay, to pay off their rates each year. The Centrepay option is a free direct bill paying service for customers who receive a Centrelink payment. By contacting Centrelink direct, they will process your deduction request and assist with any questions or alternatively, visit the website at www.centrelink.gov.au.
The Council is aware of ratepayers who are having financial difficulties. If you are unable to meet the required instalments offered by Council, please contact Rates Services to discuss a direct debit payment plan to suit your circumstances.
Council offer direct debit payments by instalment, in full or payment arrangements weekly, fortnightly or monthly and from your cheque or savings account.
The City will issue you six free passes and for most ratepayers the Council will provide four verge collections, two junk and two green waste.
If you have misplaced your rate notice, Council cannot duplicate this original rate notice which has the Trailer passes in the body of that notice and there will be no replacement Trailer passes.
No, if you wish to use the Henderson Waste Recovery Park after you have used your six Trailer passes, you will have to pay when using the Henderson Waste Recovery Park to dump your rubbish.
Commercial and industrial premises generate more waste than residential owners, as such Trailer passes have never been extended to the commercial and industrial property owners. A further reason is that many industrial property owners actually have private arrangements for their waste disposal due to the large volumes they generate.
As vacant land owners do not pay the Waste Charge, they are therefore not entitled to receive the Trailer passes. This is because the cost of providing the Trailer passes is built into the Waste Charge.
Council will provide four verge pick-ups, two general rubbish/junk and two green waste. Read More
No, Gross Rental Valuations (GRV) are re-assessed every three years and for the City this is effective as at 1st July 2014.
A new revaluation will occur for 2017/18. Unimproved Valuations (UV), are valued annually.
The City has levied special area rates on the development known as Port Coogee special maintenance, Port Coogee Waterways and Cockburn Coast special maintenance.
These SARs cover the special maintenance needs of these areas when they are handed over by the developer. It has been introduced now so as to allow funds to be collected and to keep the levy at a very low level.
Council believes that the provision of UGP in older areas such as Coolbellup and East Hamilton Hill assists in the rejuvenation of the suburbs, removes ugly over-head infrastructure and generally improves the amenity of the area together with improving the overall power network, which has grown with more land now being sub-divided.
To facilitate this project, Council is paying 20% of the project cost with rate payers asked to make a contribution over five years.
The Council believes that property values increase as a result of improved amenity in the area plus a more reliable power supply. Works have now been completed in both Coolbellup and Hamilton Hill.
You can always speak to your Elected Member, but remember they are only human too.
Keep all communications friendly and this will go a long way to putting your message over to your Elected Member.
All letters will be replied to as the matter is researched and hopefully resolved.
The Next election is in October 2017.
Read more : Elected Members Page
All rates complaints are dealt with by the administration staff not the Mayor or Elected Members. You can contact the Mayor or your Elected Member but the outcome will not differ unless there has been an error in preparing the assessment.
All ratepayers can go to any Council meeting to ask why rates increase. It should be noted that if you wish to attend a Council Meeting to ask questions, you must lodge a public question form before 10 a.m. on the day of a Council Meeting. This form can be obtained from the public question web page, mailed to you, or picked up from our Administration Office.
Merchant Credit/Debit Card Surcharge Fees
Council has decided to abolish this fee impost in order to support ratepayers who choose to pay their rates this way. As of 1 July 2016, this fee no longer applies.
The City offers a number of payment methods ranging from electronic methods including BPay, direct debit, internet and phone as well as paying in person at the Post Office and Council Administration Office.
Direct Debit payments can be made by instalment, in full or payment arrangements for weekly, fortnightly or monthly from your cheque or savings account.
Any amendments or cancellations to a direct debit deduction must be done in writing, please email email@example.com
Yes, the City now provides the option of receiving your Rates and Instalment notices by email, known as eRates.
Register for this service by following the link to http://erateswa.com/Cockburn/ and sign up.
Yes. Please retain your notice for tax purposes and refinancing as copies of rates notices will cost $20 per notice up to a maximum amount of $100 per property.