Late rates payments and payment arrangements
We recognise that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will cause financial hardship for members of the community.
If you are experiencing financial hardship please submit a payment arrangement or rates deferral request below or please contact the Revenue Services Unit on 03 9240-1111 to discuss further.
Council’s COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy can be found here (PDF 145Kb).
Any arrears shown on your annual rates notice must be paid immediately, unless a payment agreement or approved rates deferral is in place. Arrears may be subject to legal action without further notice. Any account escalated to Council's debt collection agency may incur legal costs if legal action is taken.
Penalty interest on late payments
When you pay your rates and charges, it is essential that Council receives your payment by the due date, as shown on your annual rates notice.
If an instalment is not paid on or before the due date, you may be charged interest on the overdue amount.
The 2019-20 rating period has the interest rate set at 10 per cent per annum. This interest rate is fixed under Section 2 of the Penalty Interest Rates Act 1983.
Payment arrangements with Council
If you are experiencing difficulties that prevent you from paying your rates and
charges by the due date, it is important that you contact Council to discuss an alternative payment plan.
A payment arrangement submission can be made via the online form below or here (DOC 49Kb).
All payment arrangements are managed by Council’s appointed collection agent, Recoveries and Reconstructions.
If you organise a payment arrangement and follow the agreed payment plan, Council will withhold recovery action against outstanding rate arrears.
Late rates payments and COVID-19 payment arrangements/deferrals form
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