Rates revenue represents a significant percentage of the Town’s operating income each year, and is an important income stream in terms of the Town’s financial flexibility.

General rates revenue supports a broad range of Municipal infrastructure and services, including building control; animal control; community services; active and passive open space; roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage; libraries; youth centres; swimming pools; community events; town planning; governance and corporate support; cemeteries; emergency management; public conveniences; economic development; and tourism and regional promotion. Rates are also used to service debt.

Rates do represent a high proportion of the Town’s annual income, and our annual planning processes will continue to assess the community’s capacity and willingness to pay rates. However we will first always seek to maximise alternative revenue streams such as grant funding, and user pays fees and charges.

Our 2017/18 budget is centred on building and investing in the community. The budget includes $63m for the provision of services and $21m in capital expenditure including $3m to the Spoilbank Marina Project, to deliver the first stage of works for the waterfront facility to the community.

The Town's Rating Strategy was endorsed by Council at the Special Council Meeting on 6 June 2017 and 2017/18 rates were issued from the 18 August. Download our 2017/18 Rates Brochure here.

Due Dates for Rates

There are two payment options you may choose.

Option 1 – Payment in Full

Ratepayers who choose option one must have their rates paid in full by 29 September 2017.

Option 2 – Payment by instalments

Ratepayers who choose option two pay their rates in four instalments.

Rates Issued:

From 18 August 2017

Full Payment/First Instalment Due: 29 September 2017
Second Instalment Due: 1 December 2017
Third Instalment Due: 2 February 2018
Fourth Instalment Due: 6 April 2018

Payment Options

Direct Debit

You can enter a direct debit arrangement for an agreed amount on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Direct debit arrangements must be confirmed in writing and attract an administration fee.

Please contact the Rates Officer to request a Direct Debit request form. Note dishonoured payments attract a penalty fee.

Can I have my rates notices emailed to me?

Yes, you can. Email council@porthedland.wa.gov.au to update your records for future correspondence or to request a copy.

If you haven’t already received your rates notice or installment reminder, please contact us on 9158 9300.