About your Rates

How to read your rates

Yours rates are used to help fund services including roads, parks, library services, youth services, community facilities, health, building control and community events.

Rates notices are issued in late August each year, and ratepayers are given the choice to pay in one, two or four instalments. Please refer to your rates notice for instalment due dates.

A newsletter explaining how your rates money is spent is included with your Rates Notice. Read the latest Budget Newsletter(PDF, 1MB)

1. Valuation method

Gross Rental Value (GRV)

Set by the Valuer General being a conservative estimate of the gross annual rental value of rateable property, for Vacant Land this is a % estimate of the unimproved value of the land 

Unimproved Value (UV)

Set by the Valuer General being a conservative estimate of the value of the vacant land 

2. Waste Service

An annual charge for rubbish services for each property, covering both weekly general household rubbish and fortnightly recycling collections.  There is an additional charge applicable for the green waste service.

* Swimming Pool Inspection

An annual fee which applies to properties with swimming pools. 

3. Emergency Services Levy

Charged to all property owners in Western Australia to fund fire and emergency services. Local governments collect the levy on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. 

4. Amount due

Total rates, fees and charges outstanding for 2018/2019

5. Property Assessment Number

Required for registering for eRates online

6. Property Valuation

The Valuer General is responsible for determining all property values in Western Australia. 

7. Payment Options

To qualify for the two and four instalment options, the Town must receive the correct amount of the first instalment by the due date.

8. Address

If the name or the address shown is incorrect, please advise the Town.

9. Payment Methods

Information on various payment methods available.

 
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How your rates are calculated

Rates are calculated by multiplying the Property Valuation (determined by the Valuer General) by the Rate in the dollar (a cent in the dollar amount set by Council) .  Yearly Fees such as the rubbish collection fee, swimming pool inspection fee and Emergency Services Levy are then added.

Property Valuation

The Valuer General is responsible for determining all property values in Western Australia. 

Gross Rental Value

Property values are determined using their Gross Rental Value (GRV).

GRV is calculated by multiplying weekly rent (determined by the Valuer General) by the number of weeks of the year. The GRV of vacant land is calculated on the basis of 3 per cent of its capital/resale value. The GRV is affected by factors such as location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, if the property has an ocean view or swimming pool, and the age of the building.

Revaluation of Gross Rental Value
A state-wide general revaluation of the GRV of rateable properties is carried out every three years by the State Government's Valuer General. This impacts the amount of rates that each individual property owner will pay. 

Unimproved Value

The Valuer General also determines property values in City Beach and part of Floreat using their Unimproved Value (UV), the value of the land as if it were vacant with no improvements.

If your property is in the Endowment Lands Area, your rates are calculated on the Unimproved Value of your property.

The Cambridge Endowment Lands Act(PDF, 97KB) requires the Town first calculate the total rates raised from properties within the ELA as if they were rated on a GRV basis, and then recalculate (reapportion) the rates using the UV of the property, to raise the same amount.

The effect of this recalculation using the UV is to reapportion the rates between neighbouring properties within City Beach and Floreat. The application of the UV methodology does not provide the Town with any more or any less rates.

The Valuer General provides the Town with an updated UV roll annually, which can cause fluctuations in the rates of individual properties. UV property values are reviewed every year.

Rate in the Dollar

Once the budget has been established and income from fees and charges and other sources taken into account, a rate in the dollar is determined to balance the budget.

Two models are used to value properties in the Town (GRV and UV), therefore Council sets two rates in the dollar to calculate rates.

Yearly fees

Waste Service - an annual charge for rubbish services for each property, which covers both weekly general household rubbish and fortnightly recycling collections.  For an additional annual charge a fortnightly green waste collection can be added to the service.

Emergency Services Levy - this levy is charged to all property owners in Western Australia to fund fire and emergency services.  Local governments collect the levy on behalf of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, who distribute the money to emergency services throughout the State.

Swimming Pool Inspection - this is an annual charge to applicable property owners to cover the cost of pool inspections carried out every four years.  If you no longer have a pool on your property please advise us on 9347 6000.

Frequently asked questions

What can you do if you don't agree with the value applied to your property? 

If you don't agree with the value determined for your property you can lodge an objection in writing within 60 days of issue to:

Landgate Valuation Services
PO Box 2222
Midland 6936

More information is available on the Landgate website.

Please note: You must pay your rates as assessed even if you have lodged an objection. If the valuation is amended a refund will be issued.

How is the ESL is calculated?

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is calculated by multiplying a property's Gross Rental Value (GRV) by the ESL Category Rate in the dollar (as determined by Department of Fire and Emergency).

In the case of the Town of Cambridge all properties are determined as Category 1 which, in 2018/2019, attracted an ESL rate in the dollar of $0.014486. Minimum and maximum charges are also applicable, based on property usage.

For more information about the ESL visit the FESA website

How is the instalment charge calculated?

The pay by instalment options attracts a charge which is calculated in two parts:

  • Part 1 is an administration fee of $8 per instalment notice issued;
  • Part 2 is interest of 5.5 per cent per annum calculated on the instalment amount due once the first instalment is paid. 

Is interest charged for late payment?

Yes. Penalty interest of 11% per annum, accruing daily, is charged on rates and/or service charges that remain unpaid after the due date/s.

What you can do if you can't pay in full? 

Special payment arrangements are available to customers who are not able to pay in full or by an instalment option.

Arrangements can be made to set up a fortnightly or monthly direct debit from a nominated bank account.

An administration fee of $35 is charged for payment arrangements, and penalty interest will apply on the outstanding balance until the account is paid in full.

What happens if you build or renovate?

When you make changes to your property the Valuer General may revalue the property and advise the Town the new valuation and an effective date for the new valuation. An amended rate notice, called an interim rate notice, is then issued.

Examples of where your valuation would be amended include:

  • a new building has been constructed;
  • a pool has been installed;
  • a new room has been added; or
  • a property has been demolished.

The Town will usually receive an interim valuation from the Valuer General within a few months of the completion of the works.

My property is in the Endowment Lands Area (City Beach, parts of Floreat and Mount Claremont), why haven't my rates increased/decreased as per the published % change?

There are certain nuances to the system of rating in the Town of Cambridge, as a result of the Cambridge Endowment Lands Act 1920 (the "Act"). The Act covers areas within City Beach, Floreat and Mount Claremont and stipulates the method to be used by the Town to calculate local government rates in the Endowment Lands Area (ELA).

The application of the Act as it pertains to the rating methodology can result in significant variations to the general rate changes experienced by individual property owners within the ELA - some greater than others.

The nuances of this rating methodology, prescribed by the Act, are explained below:

1. Your property is located within the area of the Town covered by the Cambridge Endowment Lands Act 1920.

2. The Act states the method to be used by the Town to calculate local government rates in the ELA.

3. In metropolitan Perth, Local Governments typically apply a methodology which is based on a property's Gross Rental Value (GRV). The GRVs are reviewed by the Valuer General's Office every three (3) years.

4. However, the Act stipulates that in the ELA, the Unimproved Value (UV) of the Land is to be used to calculate local government rates. The UV is reviewed by the Valuer General annually.

5. The methodology contained within the Act requires the Town to initially calculate the total rates  able to be raised from properties within the ELA, as if they were rated on a GRV basis. This is the point at which the Town applies the % change. The Act then requires a recalculation (reapportionment) of rates using the UV of the property, to yield the same amount from the ELA, in total.

6. Effectively, the recalculation reapportions the rates between neighbouring properties within the Endowment Lands Area, and can result in significant variations for the individual property owner. The application of the Act does not provide the Town of Cambridge with any more or any less rates. Property owners in the Non Endowment Lands areas of West Leederville, Wembley, Jolimont, and parts of Floreat, who are rated on a Gross Rental Value (GRV) basis, should experience changes in line with the published % change.