New look rates notices
We have listened to feedback from the Canberra community about our rates notices and we are working to re-design them to improve the layout and readability. We will provide more information on this page when the new design is ready.
If you’re a property owner in the ACT, you pay rates that go towards funding a range of municipal and other important services for the ACT community. You’re an ‘owner’ if you are:
- the registered proprietor of a parcel of land
- a new owner in possession of the parcel but not yet registered as the proprietor
- a mortgagee in possession
- a person holding the parcel of land under a sublease from the territory.
In the ACT, the municipal services that rates help fund include:
- additions to and upkeep of main roads, bicycle paths and footpaths
- the establishment and maintenance of recreational areas, swimming pools, public libraries, halls and community centres
- waste management, stormwater drainage, street lighting and cleaning.
Other essential services include health and community care, education, policing, justice and community safety, public transport, environment and nature reserves, emergency services, sport and recreation, tourism, and arts.
The ACT Revenue Office sends out assessment notices regarding your rates in the post or by email. These notices contain your property details, your account number, itemised charges, and payment options and due dates.
Assessments have different issue and due dates depending on the suburb in which your property sits. The ACT is divided into three sectors for billing.
Due date for first
Due date for second
Due date for third
Due date for fourth
How much are rates?
The rates you pay depend on both the type and the value of the property you own. Visit the Calculating rates page to learn more.
When do you pay rates?
You can pay your rates either in one annual payment or in four quarterly instalments. To find out more, visit the Pay your rates page. You can nominate to receive your Rates and Land Tax Assessment Notices electronically by clicking here.
If you're renting a residential property to a tenant, or if the property is not your principal place of residence you will need to pay land tax for the property as well as rates.
If you’re not an Australian citizen or resident, you’ll need to pay the foreign ownership surcharge.