About Your Rates

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Rates Information Guide

Download a copy of the Rates Information guide which contains comprehensive information on;

  • 2017/2018 Budget highlights
  • Community projects
  • Projects and services
  • Your Rates explained
  • Waste and verge collection dates
  • Waste and recycling calendar

Why we pay rates?

Rates are a very important source of income for the Shire. The overall objective of the proposed rates in the 2017/18 Budget is to provide for the net funding requirements of the Shire’s services, activities, financing costs and the current and future capital requirements of the Shire, after taking into account all other forms of revenue.

What is Gross Rental Value (GRV)?

GRV means the gross annual rental that the land might reasonably be expected to realise if let on a tenancy from year to year upon condition that the landlord was liable for all rates, taxes and other charges thereon and the insurance and other outgoings necessary to maintain the value of the land. GRV’s are set by Landgate and are reviewed every three years; revaluation has occurred for the 2017/2018 financial year and was effective 1 July 2017. The GRV’s for 2017/18 are based on the property market as at 1 August 2015 being the date of valuation determined by the Valuer-General.

What is Unimproved Value (UV)?

UV is defined in the Valuation of Land Act 1978 and in some cases is based on a statutory formula. UVs are determined each year by the Valuer-General (Landgate) for all land within the State and come into force on 30 June as at the date of valuation (DOV) of the 1 August in the preceding year.

For more information visit the Valuer-General's website.

How are your rates calculated?

Rates are calculated by multiplying the valuation supplied by the Valuer General (VG) for each property by the rate in the dollar for your property’s respective rate category – subject to the minimum rate for each category. Council sets the rate in the dollar for each rate category annually at the time of budget adoption.

What are differential rates?

A local government may impose differential general rates according to any, or a combination, of the following characteristics; the purpose for which the land is zoned; a purpose for which the land is held; whether or not the land is vacant or not; or any characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed. The basis for valuation is either Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Valuation (UV). Generally for non-rural properties the Gross Rental Value (GRV) is used and for rural properties the Unimproved Value (UV) is used.

Adopted differential rates for 2017/2018

Rate Category UV rate in cents GRV rate in cents Minimum
GRV Improved   8.7569 1,200
GRV Vacant   13.4169 1,300
UV General 0.3628   1,300

Objects and reasons for 2017/18 rates

GRV Improved

This category covers all GRV improved properties including residential, commercial and industrial properties.

The same rate in the dollar is applied against all properties, as Council believes that this rating structure observes the principles of objectivity, fairness and equity, consistency, transparency and administrative efficiency.

GRV Vacant

This category covers all GRV Vacant properties including residential, commercial and industrial properties. This category has been expanded to include vacant Commercial and Industrial properties compared to 2016/2017.

Council, in applying a higher rate in the dollar than the GRV Improved rate, has adopted a deliberate policy objective to discourage property owners from land banking.

UV General

Council has adopted a Uniform General Rate for all UV properties. This sees the consolidation of the UV Rural and UV Intensive Farming differential general rates categories, and includes all properties with a land use of rural, consdervation, rural living, farmland and intensive farming.

Where are the rates, grants, fees and charges spent?

Every $100 collected by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale goes towards a variety of services in your community.

Infrastructure Capital Expenditure


Infrastructure Capital Expenditure

Other services


Other Services

Economic Development and Tourism


Economic & Tourism Development

Public Health


Public Health

Community Services


Community Services

Library and Other Culture


Library & Other Culture

Waste Management


Waste Management

Planning Subdivisions Building Services


Planning, Subdivisions & Building Services

Rangers and Emergency Services


Ranger & Emergency Services

Roads Drainage Footpaths Maintenance


Roads, Drainage & Footpaths Maintenance

Parks Gardens Sporting Reserve Maintenance


Parks, Gardens & Sporting Reserve Maintenance

Community Buildings Sports Facility Maintenance


Community Buildings & Sports Facility Maintenance




Governance and Members of Council


Governance & Members of Council

How is the overdue interest calculated?

The overdue interest is worked out at 11% per annum calculated on a daily basis. This is only on the rates and ESL components, not on the services.

For example:

Total Bill




Emergency Services Levy




Rates + Emergency Services Levy = $510.00 x 11% = $56.10 / 365 = $0.15

Interest payable will be $0.15 per day

What rebate can I receive if I have a Pensioner or Seniors Card?

If you are a pension card holder with or without a dependent spouse and have been living at the property on or before 1 July 2017, you are entitled to a rebate for the rates portion of your account, limited to a maximum capped amount. If you have an eligible Seniors Card, you are entitled to a rebate, limited to a maximum capped amount.

How are rates worked out if I am about to sell my property?

At settlement, your agent will apportion the rates accordingly between the buyer and seller based on the amount of days during the financial year that you owned the property.

When does the rate year run?

The rate year is 1 July to 30 June the same as the financial year.

What is the Emergency Services Levy (ESL)?

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The ESL provides the majority of funding required for career and volunteer Fire and Emergency Services brigades, DFES multi-function brigades/units, Bush Fire brigades and State Emergency Service units.

The amount of ESL to be collected, and the applicable rates and charging parameters, are declared annually by the Minister for Emergency Services.

For more information please refer to the ESL section of the DFES website or enquire on free call 1300 136 099.

Swimming pool inspection fee

The annual swimming pool inspection fee is $55.00. Inspections of swimming pools occur once every four years.

If you no longer have a swimming pool and have not notified the Shire, please do so as this will assist us in keeping our records up to date and preventing Council charging properties that no longer require an inspection.