Pay your rates

You can pay your rates either in one annual payment or in four quarterly payments, payment options for rates include the following:

Direct Debit

Complete the online Direct Debit application form here.


Online payments can be made via the Access Canberra website at: Online payments - Access Canberra (external site).


Contact your financial institution to enable electronic EFT payments from your cheque or savings account.


Contact your financial institution to enable electronic BPay bill payments from your online banking.

What if you can’t pay?

If you’re finding it difficult to make your rates payments, contact us and we can help you make alternative payment arrangements.

What happens if you don’t pay?

If we don’t receive your rates payments by their due date, you’ll have to pay interest charges, which compound on a monthly basis on any amount that remains unpaid. We calculate and impose compounding interest charges, which may be subject to change during the year, on the 16th day of each month.

If you pay overdue rates partway through the month, you still have to pay interest for the whole month.