Paying Your Rates

City of Cockburn ratepayers enjoy one of the lowest levels of Council rates in the metropolitan area. It also delivers ratepayers value for money through high-quality local services and facilities for residents and businesses.

The cost of your rates varies in line with the value of your property - the higher the value of your property, the more rates you pay. Values are assessed on the basis of the annual rental income potential of each residence (gross rental value) which is reviewed every three years by the Valuer Generals Office, or on un-improved value of vacant land (reviewed annually).

Council uses the Valuer General's values to calculate the amount of rates due. Additional charges include your rubbish and recycling service, the emergency services levy, the mobile bin levy, surcharge to units within a complex and the annual pool inspection levy where applicable.

To find out more about rates in the City of Cockburn, please visit our Questions and Answers page. To find out more about SmartRates and eRates which are easier, more manageable ways to pay your rates, see the sections below.

Due dates for rates payment

Your annual rate payments are due on 1 September 2023.

If you've chosen to pay in instalments via SmartRates, here are the due dates:

  • First instalment: 1 September 2023
  • Second instalment: 3 November 2023
  • Third instalment: 12 January 2024
  • Fourth instalment: 15 March 2024

SmartRates - pay in smaller, manageable payments

SmartRates lets you pay your rates in smaller, regular amounts throughout the year. Choose weekly, fortnightly, or four weekly payments.

The application for SmartRates is now closed. Please call 08 9411 3444 or email for alternative option. 

Ways to pay your rates

Pay online with Visa or Mastercard

Settle your rates online through SecurePay using either your Visa or Mastercard. You'll need your Property Number, located at the top right of your Rate Notice. Please enter only numbers, excluding any letters, dashes or spaces.

Pay rates online 

Pay through your online bank account with BPay

To pay via BPay:

  • Log in to your bank account
  • Select the BPay payment option
  • Enter our Biller ID: 16212
  • Insert the amount to be paid
  • Enter the Reference Number from your Rate Notice
  • Submit for payment.

Pay through Centrepay deductions

Centrepay is a voluntary bill paying service which is free for Centrelink customers. Use Centrepay to arrange regular deductions from your Centrelink payment.  You can start or change a deduction at any time.  The quickest way to do it s through your Centrelink account online. 
  • Centrepay Reference Number: 555025770X
  • ​Your Account Number : R(Property Number) located on your Rate Notice

Pay at Australia Post

You can make a payment at any Australia Post outlet

Note: Australia Post does not accept credit card payments.

Pay in person at the City of Cockburn

Visit our office at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood (View Google Map), to pay your rates. We're open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Don't forget your Rate Notice. We accept credit card or EFTPOS payments.

Receive your rates via email (eRates)

Go green and simplify your life with eRates. Register to get your rate notice via email. If you've chosen SmartRates, your instalment notices will also be sent via email.

Register for eRates

Financial hardship assistance

If you're having difficulty making payments due to genuine hardship, we're here to help. Apply for assistance or get in touch with the City to discuss alternative payment options.

More information and contact

For more information or assistance, please call 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
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We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.