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If you haven’t already, you should soon receive your rates notice. Flyers are included with the notice which explain different aspects of your rates as well as other important information. Have a look through them and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! You can also set up BPAY View to receive future notices and instalments electronically and if you pay your rates in full by 26 September you will go in the draw to win some great prizes!

What are rates?

Your rates provide Council with the revenue needed to manage all the services and facilities which make the Shire a vibrant and attractive region to live in. Each financial year a new budget is prepared to support current needs of the entire community and plan for future needs. Council’s rates are influenced by many factors including increases in the cost of providing services, proposed capital works and increases in service levels or other Council initiatives. This year’s budget is available on the Shire’s website.

You may be eligible for a pensioner or senior rebate, to receive a rebate a person must hold one or more of the relevant Pensioner or Seniors cards, and on July 1 of the financial year, own and occupy residential property as their principal place of residence. To arrange this please call the Water Corporation on 1300 659 951 with your concession card so they can update your details.

What makes up your rates?

  • Properties will either have a Gross Rental Value (GRV) which is applied to urban properties or an Unimproved Value (UV) which is used as the basis for the levy of rates for rural properties. Council sets a “rate on the dollar” for each differential rate, such as residential, commercial or rural. Your annual rates are calculated by multiplying your GRV or UV value by your applicable “rate on the dollar”, taking into consideration the minimum rate. GRV is reevaluated every 3-5 years and UV is reevaluated annually by the Valuer Generals Office.
  • Domestic Rubbish and Recycling: Residential properties within the town boundary are required to have a waste and recycling bin. You can choose your bin sizes and the annual fee charged is based on the sizes selected. Pensioners also receive a discount.
  • Waste Rate: funds generated by the waste rate will contribute to the new landfill for Esperance, this ensures Esperance’s waste service can continue.
  • Emergency Services Levy: This is collected on behalf of the State Government who use the proceeds to fund a range of emergency services, including local bush fire brigades within the Shire of Esperance. Visit for further information on the this levy.