The information below is based on the 2020/21 financial year. 

What are the average 2020/21 rate changes?

Average residential rates and charges are summarised in the table below;
Average Residential 2019/20 2020/21 $ change
Average Gross Rental Value $23,992 $20,422 -$3,570
Rate in the $ $0.046646 $  0.05642288 $0.009777
Waste $381.50 $381.50 $0
Security $56.30 $ 56.30 $0
Rates $1,119.13 $1,152.27 $33.14
Concession NA -$33.14 -$33.14
Emergency Services Levy $356.02 $303.04 -$52.98
       
Total Average Rates + Charges $1,912.95 $1,859.97 $52.98
Minimum Rates $852 $852 $0
 
  • (1) Gross Rental Values (GRV) - Are the basis for rating, independently determined by the Valuer Generals Office
  • (2) Waste - no increase. Maintaining a high comparative level of service.
  • (3) Security - no increase. 
  • (4) Rates - a differential rating system was introduced 2018/19. Rates are now divided into three categories; Residential / Non-residential / Unimproved.
  • (5) Emergency Services Levy (ESL) – no increase - The ESL is a State imposed charge collected by the City of Canning. The City has no control over the increase or charging of this levy. For more information about this charge, please call 1300 136 099 or visit dfes.wa.gov.au
  • (6) Minimum - Consistent minimum rates charge across all differential categories.
The City's 2020-21 Annual Budget Presentation to Council is available here

 

What are Differential Rates?

In 2018/19 the City introduced Differential Rating whereby a separate rate in the dollar is applied to different uses or categories of land. This is considered to be a fairer distribution of costs across property types by enabling the City to vary the impact of rates on different categories of land to ensure an equitable contribution of the rating burden.

In previous years, the City has charged the same rate in the dollar for all rateable properties. This is the third consecutive year the City's rating will be based on 'Land use' and 'Improved' or 'Un-improved' land.

A separate rate in the dollar will be charged for the following three (3) categories:
 
Category: Rate in Dollar:
Residential (Improved land) 0.05642288
Non-residential (Commercial & Industrial) 0.05406655
Unimproved Land 0.07990013

 

How are my rates calculated?

  • Rates are calculated by multiplying a property’s Gross Rental Value (GRV) by the rate in the dollar set by the City Council. Please see above table for the 2020/21 rate in the dollars. These amounts are subject to a minimum payment which is also set each year by the Council. The 2020/21 minimum rate is $852.
  • Gross Rental Value (GRV) is the fair rental value of your property, as determined by the Valuer General’s Office (part of Landgate) and is an estimate of how much you could expect to receive if you were to rent your property.
  • Each property is individually assessed by the Valuer Generals Office once every three years, to determine its GRV.  This year, 2020/21 is a revaluation year and GRV’s are based on rental figures as at 1 August 2018. 2023/24 is the next revaluation year and GRV’S will be based on rental figures from 1 August 2021. Where a property is vacant, the GRV is calculated as 3 per cent of the market value of the land.
Gross Rental Value = The yearly rent the property would be expected to receive if rented. The City of Canning then sets the Rate in the Dollar that it will charge to maintain the City’s services. Rate in the Dollar = The rates charged per dollar of Gross Rental Value. A combination of the two will result in your rates charges. The rate in the dollar is shown in the top right hand corner of your rate notice.

 

How do my rates compare with other Councils?

The ratepayers in Canning pay lower rates than many other local governments.
 

Why do I pay my rates? What do I get for it?

Your rates pay for the maintenance of roads, parks and playgrounds, rubbish collection, community events, libraries and all of the amazing services they provide, preserving the natural environment and a wide range of other services.
 

What are my payment options?

  • Option One: Upfront and in full Payment by 25 September 2020
  • Option Two: Four Instalments (Instalment interest of 0% applies)
Instalment 1 – Due 20 November 2020
Instalment 2 -  Due 15 January 2021
Instalment 3 – Due 19 March 2021
Instalment 4 – Due 21 May 2021

Penalty Interest for late payments: Council has elected to suspend all interest applicable as a supporting measure in response to COVID-19.

 

Can I make a special payment arrangement with the City?

If you are unable to pay your rates instalments due to financial hardship, you can apply to the City for a special arrangement. Due date extension or payment arrangement are available.

In addition, weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plans by direct debit are also available. When setting the conditions of the plan, we will consider your capacity to pay and will work with you to base a payment plan on how much you can afford to pay and determine a realistic amount based on your individual circumstance. Please contact the rates department on 1300 422 664 to discuss your request.

Please be aware, a dishonoured payment fee of $15 per dishonour applies.

We will not charge any fees as part of your extension or payment plan.

The City has approved no penalty interest for this financial year due to the global pandemic.

 

How can I pay my rates?

  • Pay by BPay using Biller Code 49007 and your assessment number as the reference number.
  • Pay in person at Australia Post Offices in Western Australia.
  • Pay by credit or debit card, by telephoning 1300 963 103 or pay online
  • Pay by mail directly to the City at Locked Bag 80, Welshpool DC WA 6986.
  • Pay in person at Council 1317 Albany Highway Cannington during office hours.(cashless payments only)
Following changes made in response to COVID-19, the City has remained cashless in Canning. Ratepayers who choose to pay by cash can do so at their local Australia Post office.

All credit card surcharges have been removed due to COVID-19.

 

What should I do if I change my address or my mailing address is incorrect?

Please advise us promptly to update any postal or contact details. You can update your details on our website, by calling 1300 422 664 (during office hours Monday to Friday) or emailing rates@canning.wa.gov.au
 

What should I do if I have sold my property?

When a person sells or disposes of land, the owner or agent must advise the City in writing within 21 days of the change in ownership, giving full details of the purchaser and the date of the transfer of land.
 

Can I appeal my property’s valuation?

If you feel the valuation applied to your property is incorrect, you can lodge an objection with the Valuer General’s office within 60 days of the issue of your rates notice. This process is only for objections to the Gross Rental Value (GRV) allocated to a property by the State Government and not the rate in the dollar. The City of Canning is not authorised to alter property valuations except on the advice of the Valuer General’s office.
For further information please contact the Valuer General’s office via www.landgate.com.au or phone 08 9273 7373.
 

What is a specified area rate and who pays it?

A specified area rate applies to properties in a designated area within the City. Owners in Canning Vale pay a special rate to cover the costs of additional landscaping services which is listed as an additional item on the rate notice. The same Gross Rental Value (GRV) used for calculating rates is applied to this rate to calculate the specified area rate payable. The City is required to use the money from specified area rates for the purpose for which the rate is imposed and in the financial year in which it is imposed.
 

What happens to my rates if I build a new house, an addition, demolition or a pool?

When there are changes to your property that affects the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV), the City receives advice of the new valuation and an effective date for that valuation from the Valuer General. We will then issue an interim rate notice reflecting the adjustment. Examples of where a valuation would be amended include when a new building has been built, a pool has been installed, a new room has been added, a property, or part of, has been demolished. The City usually receives interim valuations from the Valuer General within one to two months of the change to the property.
 

What about rubbish, pool inspection, underground power charges and security service charges?

These are flat rate charges and are not affected by your GrossRental Value (GRV).
 

Do I pay GST on my rates assessment?

GST is not payable on general rates, the emergency services levy, underground power charges or domestic rubbish collection charges. GST is only payable on additional commercial rubbish charges and will be identified on applicable rate notices.
 

What is a pool inspection fee?

Pool owners are advised that State Government legislation requires all private swimming pool enclosures to be inspected at least every four years. The City’s fee for this will be charged at $38.60 per annum for each registered pool enclosure. The City no longer applies a 50% reduced levy to eligible pensioners and seniors. This annual fee is designed to recover the cost of all inspections over a four year inspection cycle. All pool owners are encouraged to properly maintain their pool enclosures in the interests of safety.
 

What’s the security service charge?

The City of Canning provides a 24-hour security service with four vehicles on patrol. We provide a service in-house to keep costs down. When notified, we can check on suspicious behaviour and can have our patrols monitor your property while you are on holiday. Our after-hours call centre has been improved so you can speak directly to local operators 24 hours a day. The security charge of $56.50 applies to all properties and/or occupiers of land located within the City of Canning. It is a fixed fee as part of your rates and is listed separately to clearly identify the cost to provide the service.
 

What is the minimum rate?

The 2020/21 minimum rate is $852.
 

Who is eligible for concession?

Concessions apply to current rates, the emergency services levy and where applicable underground service charges. It does not apply to any service charges which must be paid in full by the date shown on your notice. Concessions are subject to capped amounts set by the State Government annually. Eligibility provisions for any person seeking to register for rates concessions are:
  • Must be an owner AND occupier of an improved rateable property at 1 July or earlier.
  • If a pensioner, either must receive a pension AND hold a current Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card OR hold both a Seniors Card issued by the Office of Seniors Interests AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
  • If a senior, hold a Seniors Card issued by the Office of Seniors Interests.
Seniors who meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to claim a rebate of up to 25%, subject to a maximum amount. The option of deferment is not available. If you are not registered as an eligible pensioner or senior, and feel that you may be eligible, please contact the Water Authority on 131 385. A pro-rata rebate may be available from the date of registration to pensioners and seniors who become eligible after 1 July. If your circumstances change- particularly with respect to your ownership or occupation of the property, or your eligibility as a pensioner or senior-you MUST give notice immediately to the Council so that the registration may be amended or cancelled.
  • eRates: Register to receive your rate notices by email here
  • BPayView: Register with your banking provider. More information can be found here

 

Why do I have to pay for a Waste Levy?

The provision of waste services throughout the City of Canning is a legislated requirement under both the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 as well as the Local Government Act 1995.
All ratepayers are required to contribute towards to the management of the City’s current waste requirements, along with maintaining previous landfill sites as well as investing for future initiatives.

Providing a waste service is mandatory and the fee includes:
  • the weekly and fortnightly emptying of the green and yellow top bins
  • both green waste & hard waste bulk collections
  • waste management in public areas (street bins, parks and reserves)
  • illegal dumping
  • waste transfer station facility
The City’s waste fee is a compulsory charge on all improved properties.

It should be noted that the waste levy charge to vacant land and shopping centres will be reviewed in 2020-21 with the intent to amend or levy charges in 2021-22.

 

Can I opt out of the waste service and charge?

Ratepayers may not ‘opt out’ of this service and its charge.

 

My commercial and industrial property has its own waste service, why should I pay?

The waste fee not only relates to green bin collection but also:
  • waste management in public areas (street bins, parks and reserves)
  • illegal dumping
  • waste transfer station facility
along with maintaining previous landfill sites as well as investing for future waste management strategy initiatives.
 

Why does my property have multiple charges?

If the property is separately identifiable by Landgate, the City will rate and charge individually also.

The number of levies will equate to the number of sub-assessments for commercial and residential properties.
 

Are there any exceptions?

All property assessments are to be charged the compulsory waste levy in 2020/2021 with the following exceptions:
  • City non-leased properties
  • Crown non-leased properties
  • Strata storage units
  • Vacant or Unimproved Land
This includes charging a single waste levy to sporting and community clubs including children’s playgroups, shopping centres and properties with third party waste contractors.

 

What is the City of Canning doing to help ratepayers affected by COVID-19?

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus the City of Canning are making a number of changes reharding paying rates. These include:
  • The City has elected to not charge any penalty interest (Except ESL which is a WA State Government charge) on any outstanding rates due to the global pandemic for the 2020/21 Rating year.
  • All credit card charges have been removed due to COVID-19
  • The City is offering a direct debit payment option on a flexible monthly, fortnightly or weekly basis. The direct debit eases the burden that a lump sum or limited instalment payment plan can create
  • Delay of first instalment due date for ratepayers wishing to pay by instalments
  • Allowing application to be made to defer payment of rates for a period of up to 6 months on the grounds of financial hardship.

 

My GRV has gone down, why have my rates stayed the same?

Gross Rental Values (GRV's) do not drive rates, rather they are used to apportion the City's budget deficiency, to be made up through rating. Put simply, your GRV (determined by the Valuer General) is used to calculate your share of the total rates required to run the City.

How your rates are calculated is a three step process:
  • First we determine the total rates required to run the City through our budgeting process.
We calculate the cost of providing the City’s services and capital works for the year, minus any non-rate revenue like fees and charges (ie Leisureplex entry fees) and any grants (ie State and Federal Government road project funding), to establish the total rates required for the year to run the City of Canning.
  • The total rates required is then divided by the total value of every properties GRV in Canning to calculate the rate in the dollar amount charge.
  • We then we multiply your property’s Gross Rental Value by the City’s Rate in $  to calculate your rates payable for the year
 
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