Can I receive my rates notices by email? What services do my rates pay for?
Yes, the City provides the option of receiving your rates and instalment notices by email (eRates). Your six trailer passes are also included with your annual rate notice. To register for this service, visit eRates Registration and sign up.
How many road side verge collections do I get throughout the year?
The Council provides many services including:
- Child, youth, family, seniors and aged services
- Community centres and sporting facilities
- Weekly collection of waste and recyclables, waste management and disposal
- Maintenance and upgrading of roads, drainage and footpaths
- Spot landscaping and beautification
- Land use planning and regulation
- Building licensing, regulation and advice
- Provision and management of beautiful parks, reserves, sporting facilities and ovals
- Management of beaches and beach reserves
- Management of lakes and nature reserves
- Free family concerts and events
- Generous community grants and donations programs
- Health services for the regulation and inspection of food premises, dust and noise monitoring to protect and improve community amenities, and management of contaminated sites
- Provision of public art.
This financial year, $40.90m will be spent on capital assets including roads, drainage, parks and community infrastructure.
Major Road projects, including an additional $0.45m for Verde Drive Jandakot (including roundabout), duplication of Spearwood Avenue Yangebup from Beeliar Drive to Barrington Street and Bridge at a cost of $8.0m. Funding of up to $2.5m has been received from the Federal Government.
Parks construction program totalling $7.72m covering new parks development plus a range of other projects covering greening plans, shade sail implementation and playground renewals.
2018-2019 will see the expediting of the shade sail strategy with 15 new facilities provided with shade with more funding for street tree planting which will add to the shade canopy of the City.
2018-2019 will see the City nearly complete the roll out of the third bin for garden organic (GO) waste to all residential properties larger than 400 square metres. This will result in over 7,000 tonnes of green waste being processed for mulch at the Henderson Waste and Recovery Park.
The City’s Co-Safe security service will continue the rollout of the CCTV construction implementation strategy with four new projects plus newly constructed buildings at Visko Park (Cockburn Bowling) and Lakelands Hockey in South Lake.
The Lakelands Reserve community clubrooms and hockey facility will commence construction in 2018-2019 with a further $2.0m provided towards the overall project budget of $6.63m (including carried forward budget).
Funding has been provided to undertake design, community consultation and funding applications for the Wetlands Education Centre, Frankland Ave Reserve (community and sports facilities), Golf Course, Malabar Park BMX, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Hamilton Hill Community Centre.
When will I receive my rates notice?
Council provide the following:
- 2 general rubbish/junk collections
- 2 green waste collections
Find out more about verge collections
Why do I have to pay rates as I don’t use any of the facilities?
The City of Cockburn's annual rate notices are mailed out around July/August each year. You can also pay your rates in four instalments throughout the year or via SmartRates to make it easier to manage rate payments throughout the year.
SmartRates makes your payments more manageable by allowing you to pay weekly or fortnightly ensuring that your rates are paid before the end of each financial year. You will have the option to spread your payment over 22 or 43 payments. To register for SmartRates, please complete the following eProperty form.
If you do not receive your rate notice, please email us or call 08 9411 3444. Please provide the following details:
- Full name
- Contact details
- Property address
- Postal address
What other charges are included in my rates?
Every ratepayer uses one or more facilities provided by 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 Council's facilities.
What if my circumstances change?
The following annual charge is in addition to your rates and are shown on your rates notices as they apply to your specific property.
Emergency Services Levy (ESL) - State Government Charge
A compulsory charge for all property owners issued by the State Government. The levy is used to cover the cost of providing emergency services across the State. For 2018-2019, the levy has increased by almost 10 per cent. For more information visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Specified Area Rates
Some areas of the City pay an additional rate over and above the general rates payable by others. In return, these residents receive a higher level of park and infrastructure maintenance than the City provides to other parts of the district. It is considered that the ratepayers and residents of the area benefit from the additional works and have better access to the facilities affected.
Pool Inspection Fee
An annual swimming pool inspection fee may appear on your notice if you have a swimming pool or spa. This covers the cost of a compulsory pool fence inspection every four years at your property. The 2018-2019 annual charge is $37.50.
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|Rubbish and Recycling
||Cost Per Year
|Rubbish Service 240L (Excluding Improved Residential Rated Properties)
|2nd Rubbish Service
|2nd Recycle Service
|Surcharge to Unmanaged Bin Store
|Rubbish Service (Rate Exempt Properties)
|Mobile Bin Levy 240L
|Shared Mobile Bin Levy 240L (Strata/Grouped Housing Developments)
|Will my property be re-valued this year?
If your circumstances change in relation to your ownership or occupancy of the property, or your eligibility as a senior or pensioner, you must notify the City and the Water Corporation who will amend your registration as appropriate. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your rebate.
Visit the Change of Name/Address/Ownership page to advise the Council of your new details.
How do I calculate my rates?
No. The General Revaluation for Gross Rental Valuations (GRV's) occurs every three years in the metropolitan area. Your current GRV has a date of valuation of 1 August 2015, with an effective date of 1 July 2017. Rating valuations are assessed at a snapshot in time reflecting the property market for your local area at the same date.
Based on a 3-yearly cycle, the next General Revaluation would normally come into affect on 1 July 2020 (date of valuation 1 August 2018), however, it is the intention of the Valuer-General, under Valuation Land Act 1978 Part III Section 22, to delay the next General Revaluation by one year, therefore it will come into effect on 1 July 2021 with a proposed Date of Valuation of 1 August 2020.
This delay enables Landgate to investigate options and implement systems and processes that allow the span between the effective date and date of valuation to be reduced from 2 years to 1 year. The will result in the date of valuation being more in line with current market conditions.
Unimproved Valuations (UV) are valued annually.
If you have any questions regarding valuations, please visit the Landgate website or contact Landgate direct on 9273 7373 quoting your VEN number
Rates $ = GRV or UV x Differential Rate Category - any rates concessions (for single improved residential only)Why is there a minimum payment?
GRV = Is your property's Gross Rental Value, which is the estimated rental income that may be reasonably earnt in a year.
UV = Is your property's Unimproved Value, which is the estimated value of land itself. For example, if there is a building on the land, the UV disregards the value of the building. UV's are used as the basis of rates for properties with a rural use.
How are the valuations on which rates are based determined?
The minimum payment is determined in conjunction with setting the rates in the dollar each year. The minimum payment ensures that all ratepayers make a reasonable contribution to the costs of providing services, facilities and infrastructure that is available to the community. To determine if a property is charged the minimum payment - if the GRV or UV, multiplied by the applicable rate in the dollar is less than the minimum payment, the property will be charged the minimum payment.
Landgate Valuation Services (Valuer General's Office) provides valuations (GRV or UV) for every property within each local government. Properties rated on a GRV basis are revalued every three years. Rural properties rated on a UV basis are revalued every year.What can I do if I think the valuation of my property is incorrect?
Rating valuations are assessed at a snapshot in time to reflect the property market in the metropolitan area.
In order to determine the GRV of a property, Landgate Valuation Services collects rental evidence to determine the estimated rental value for each property. Rental values may be influenced by factors such as location, size of the building, the age of the building and if there is a pool.
Whether or not a property is rented is irrelevant. GRV's are applied to all properties that are required to pay rates.
The UV is based on the value of the land itself. For example, if there is a building on the property, the UV disregards the value of the building. To determine the UV of a property, Landgate Valuation Services analyses sales in the area.
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.