Rates billing and payment

Staggered billing

To ease pressure on payment centres and avoid the need for taxpayers to wait in queues for long periods to pay rates and land tax accounts, the ACT has been divided into three sectors [RTF, 411Kb], [PDF 20Kb] for billing purposes.  Assessments have different issue and due dates, depending on the suburb in which a property is located.  The due dates for payment of your rates and land tax are specified on your assessment notice.

SectorDue Date
for 1st Quarter Assessment
Due Date
for 2nd Quarter Assessment
Due Date
for 3rd Quarter Assessment
Due Date
for 4th Quarter Assessment
115 August15 November15 February15 May
215 September15 December15 March15 June
315 October15 January15 April15 July

Payment of rates

The same staggered billing arrangements which apply to rates also apply to land tax.  Annual rates assessments are sent out with the same due dates for payment as quarterly land tax assessments for a property.  The amount of rates payable and payment details are specified on the annual rates assessment notice.  Property owners have the option of paying their rates and Fire and Emergency Services Levy assessment in full by the first due date and receive a 2% discount, or by four quarterly instalments throughout the year.

Note: the payment system for online forms has recently moved to Westpac. The look of the web pages presented when making a credit card payment has changed.

A person can apply to pay their Rates, Land Tax, Land Rent or Deferred Duty by Direct Debit.  Direct Debit is a free service where payments are automatically deducted from a specified bank account.  Should you wish to apply for Direct Debit please complete the online Direct Debit Application at Online Direct Debit Application Form (External site).

What if I cannot pay?

If you are experiencing difficulties in meeting your rates payments, please contact us immediately to arrange alternative payment arrangements.

What if I do not pay?

If payment of rates is not received by the due date you will be liable for interest, charged and compounding on a monthly basis, on any amount that remains unpaid.  Compounding interest charges, that may be subject to change during the year, are calculated and imposed on unpaid amounts on the 16th day of each month.  

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