Council rates are calculated according to the value of land in the area. The value of land in the Strathfield Local Government Area is determined every three years by the NSW Valuer General. Council sets a rate in the dollar in its annual Operational Plan, which is then multiplied by your valuation.
The Valuer General provides Council with new values for rating purposes, and also provides landowners with a Notice of Valuation informing them of the new land value. The NSW Valuer General’s Department can be contacted on 1800 110 038 or visit www.lpi.nsw.gov.au.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration when deciding on land value including recent sale prices, zoning and access to public facilities. This means that rates charged for properties in the Strathfield Local Government Area will be different to rates charged by other councils.
If you disagree with your land valuation, as contained in the Notice of Valuation sent to you, you can object to the Valuer General. Council has no direct involvement in determining valuations or handling objections. The NSW Valuer General’s Department can be contacted on 1800 110 038 or visit www.lpi.nsw.gov.au.
You must still pay the full amount of your rates while your objection is being considered. Should your land valuation be amended, the Valuer General will advise Council and your rates will be adjusted.
Strathfield Council mails rate notices in July each year. Rates can either be paid in full by the due date or paid by four installments over the year. Reminder notices are issued if you choose to pay by installments.
The due dates are:
- Payment in full or first quarter installment 31 August
- Second quarter installment 30 November
- Third quarter installment 28 February
- Fourth quarter installment 31 May
Payment must be received by Council on or before the respective due date otherwise interest charges will accrue. Rates overdue are known as "Rates in Arrears". Rates in Arrears will be subject to daily interest in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 at the interest rate approved by the Minister for Local Government.
The interest percentage will be shown on the front of your Rate Notice. For the financial year 2013-14 this percentage is set at 9% per annum. Rates in Arrears may also be subject to recovery proceedings by Council that may incur recovery costs.
How to Pay your Rates
Rate payments can be made:
- Online - Post BillPay (using VISA or MasterCard*)Phone - Australia Post on 131819 (using VISA or MasterCard*)
- BPAY - through your participating financial institution from your cheque or savings account.
- In person at any branch of Australia Post. Phone - Council's Customer Service on 9748 9999 - (using VISA or MasterCard*)
- Direct Debit - complete application form and return to Council.
- Commonwealth Bank branches (regardless of whether or not you are a customer.) Complete the details on the Bank Deposit Slip at the bottom of the rate notice. The bank will stamp Ratepayer's Copy and return it to you as a receipt. Cheque made payable to Strathfield Council and crossed NOT NEGOTIABLE with original deposit slip in reusable envelope supplied to GPO Box 4692 SYDNEY NSW 2001.
- At Council’s Customer Service Centre – cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card* (VISA or MasterCard)
- At Strathfield Library – cheque, EFTPOS or credit card* (VISA or MasterCard)
- *All credit card payments made to Council will incur a 1% processing fee.
- Commencing 23 June 2011 - Council will accept credit card payments by Visa and Mastercard only.
- Commencing 23 June 2011 - Council will no longer accept BPAY payments via credit card.
Domestic Waste Management Charge
Council must levy a separate charge for domestic waste management services. The cost of these services cannot be financed from ordinary rates and the charge must be sufficient to recover the reasonable costs of providing the services.
Domestic waste management charges include garbage, clean-up and recycling services. Domestic waste management charges are exempt from Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Stormwater Management Service Charge
Strathfield Council is responsible for stormwater management within the local government area. Council provides and maintains infrastructure including kerbs, gutters and stormwater pipes.
Under the Local Government Act, a Stormwater Management Service Charge can be levied. Council has resolved to levy the following annual charges:
- $25.00 per residential and business property
- $12.50 per residential and business strata property
The charge will be applied towards stormwater management services including:
- Mainstream flood mitigation works
- Local drainage and overland flow path upgrades
- Urban drainage renewal
- Water quality infrastructure
- Stormwater maintenance
- Enhanced pipe drainage maintenance
Pensioners who currently receive a rates rebate will also receive a stormwater management service charge rebate. There is no need for pensioners to apply for this rebate separately.
A rebate for Stormwater Management Charge is available to eligible Commonwealth Seniors Health card holders for a full year when they are eligible on 1 July each year. Card holders who consider themselves eligible should attend Council’s office with their current Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. The rebate is only available for the Stormwater Management Charge.