Overview

Delay of 2020-21 Instalment and Quarterly Assessments notices

Rates assessments for 2020-21 will be delayed by up to three weeks to provide cash flow support to households and business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These will be payable one month after the date of issue.

Should you choose to pay your rates by instalments, you can expect to receive your notice and pay your rates by the following indicative dates:

Sector

Notice sent

Due Date for payment

1

7 August 2020

7 September 2020

2

8 September 2020

8 October 2020

3

6 October 2020

6 November 2020

Sector

Notice sent

Due Date for payment

1

29 October 2020

30 November 2020

2

30 November 2020

30 December 2020

3

29 December 2020

29 January 2021

Sector

Notice sent

Due Date for payment

1

22 January 2021

22 February 2021

2

22 February 2021

22 March 2021

3

22 March 2021

22 April 2021

Sector

Notice sent

Due Date for payment

1

15 April 2021

15 May 2021

2

14 May 2021

15 June 2021

3

16 June 2021

15 July 2021

For a normal year, the Notices and due dates normally fall on the 15th of the month, see below under “Assessment notices”.

Commercial rates rebate

A rates rebate of $2,622 will be applied to commercial properties with an average unimproved value (single property or unit) of $2 million or below. The rebate amount will be automatically applied against any outstanding charges on your account and rolled over to future rates charges.

Further information on tax relief measures to assist households and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the COVID-19 Assistance page.

Rates

If you’re a property owner in the ACT, you pay rates that help fund the essential services and infrastructure all Canberrans rely on, like schools, hospitals, public transport and community facilities.

You are an ‘owner’ for rates purposes if you are:

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.

If you're not an Australian citizen or resident, you'll need to pay the foreign ownership surcharge on top of land tax.

Assessment notices

You can receive your rates assessment notice by post or email. These notices contain your property details, your account number, itemised charges, payment options and due dates.

When you receive your notice and when payment is due depends on your property's location. The ACT is divided into three sectors for billing.

If you choose to pay your rates by instalments, you will receive further notices every three months.

Sector

Due date for first
quarter assessment

Due date  for second
quarter assessment

Due date  for third
quarter assessment

Due date  for fourth
quarter assessment

1

15 August

15 November

15 February

15 May

2

15 September

15 December

15 March

15 June

3

15 October

15 January

15 April

15 July

You can nominate to receive your Rates and Land Tax Assessment Notices electronically. Click here to find out how.

How much are rates?

The rates you pay depend on both the type and the value of the property you own. You can get an estimate on our Calculating rates page.

Why do we have rates?

The ACT Government is committed to raising revenue in a way that is fair, efficient and sustainable, delivering the resources we need to fund great public service for Canberrans.

Because of the ACT's unique single level of government, rates and land tax don't only fund local government services like roads and rubbish collection. They also help fund the essential services and infrastructure all Canberrans rely on, like schools, hospitals, public transport and community facilities.

All Canberrans use these services each year, so it is fair that all Canberrans contribute to funding them.

Unlike stamp duty, rates and land tax are predictable and not subject to major swings in the housing market. This means the government can reliably provide funding every year for our hospitals, schools and other essential services.

The ACT Government's 20-year tax reform program is now approaching the half-way point, delivering real benefit for Canberrans and a more stable revenue base to fund essential services for our community in the years to come.