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Rates Information

How does Council value your property?
All properties within the Sorell Municipal area are valued by the Valuer General in accordance with the Valuation of Land Act 2001 to determine a property’s land value, its capital value and its assessed annual value:

  • Land Value (LV) is the value of the property excluding all visible improvements such as buildings, structure, fixtures, roads, etc.
  • Capital Value (CV) is the total value of the property and includes the land value.
  • The Assessed Annual Value (AAV) of a property is the estimated yearly rental value of the property.

Planning a change or alteration?

If you are contemplating any change or alteration to your house, including extensions, demolitions or even building a new house, an important step in the process is to find out whether your proposal requires Council planning, building or plumbing approval prior to the commencement of work.

The Government Valuation Office undertakes revaluations for any change or alteration to your property. Once Council has been notified of these changes and approval given, the Government Valuation Office will be notified to revalue the property and an updated rates notice will be issued.

How are your Rates calculated?
The value that is directly relevant to your rates is the Capital Value; Council has deemed this the most effective method in distributing their rating tax to its ratepayers.
If you do not agree with the Capital Value of your property, an objection may be lodged with the Office of the Valuer-General. The lodgment of an objection however does not alter the requirement to pay rates when due.

Sorell underwent a revaluation in 2016 and Capital Values were applied from 1 July 2017. Council’s General Rate is split into two components; the first is deemed a fixed charge. This is derived by the total required General rate revenue multiplied by 41 percent divided by the number of ratable properties within the Sorell Municipality, resulting in a rate of $451.13 for 2017-2018.

The second component represents the balance of general rate revenue. This is derived by applying a cents in the dollar rate to the Capital Value of all properties in the Sorell Municipality which is varied either up or down by reason of location and/or the predominant use of land such as residential, commercial, industrial, primary production, vacant land and so on. Full details are contained in the Sorell Council Rates and Charges Policy and the Sorell Council Resolution for 2017-2018 Rates and Charges:
Pensioner Remissions

Pensioners eligible for assistance under the Local Government (Rates and Charges Remission) Act 1991 may receive a rebate as follows, noting that limits apply:

  • State Government – 30% (maximum limits apply, as shown below)

(The 2017-18 maximum cap for the Pensioner Rates Remission is $440 for those pensioners who are not a customer of a water and sewerage corporation and $299 for those pensioners who are also a customer of a water and sewerage corporation).

  • State Fire Commission – 20% (of the fire levy service rate).

Pensioners are eligible for a remission if they hold a current Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or a Department of Veteran Affairs gold card (TPI) and are legally responsible for the rates on the property, which is their principal place of residence. In the case of joint ownership, at least one of the owners must meet the eligibility criteria. There is a limit of one remission per year per pensioner household.

Pensioners who received a remission last year should receive a remission automatically. Any pensioner who has not previously received a remission must complete an application form and possess a current Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) with a date of grant on or before 1st July of the current financial year.

It is necessary that current concession cards be presented to our Customer Service officers when submitting an application form.

Please note: Eligibility of a pensioner remission is determined by the State Government – Department of Treasury and Finance.
Methods of Payment

1. Payment in Person

The rates notice should be presented when making a payment at Sorell Council 47 Cole Street between 8.00am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.

2. Direct Debit

Payment can be made by direct debit.  Direct Debit Forms can be found here or contact the Rates Office on 03 6269 0000.

Penalties and interest will apply to late payments. Please allow up to 3 business days for your payment to be applied to your account if you are paying any way other than direct to Council in person.  This applies to the following methods of payment. 

Refer below to “What if my Payment is Late?” for information on penalties and interest for late payment.

3. Telephone

Telephone payments can be accepted for holders of Visa or MasterCard by calling the payments hotline on 1300 276 468, 24 hours a day, every day.  Please have your rates notice with you when paying by phone.

4. Internet

Internet payments can be made by Visa or Mastercard at Council’s Payments Page.

5. Credit Card

If you wish to pay by Visa or MasterCard, simply complete the details at the bottom of the rates notice.

6. BPay

Payment can be made from your cheque or savings account only. Please refer to your rates notice for your BPay reference number.  Call your bank, credit union or building society to arrange payment from your cheque or savings account.

7. Mail

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Sorell Council and posted to the rates department, Sorell Council, PO Box 126, Sorell TAS 7172. Postdated cheques will not be accepted.

8. Australia Post  – (in person)

Payment is accepted at all Australia Post offices in the state. Payment must be made by the due date and the notice presented at time of payment.

When are my rates due?
Rates are due and payable each financial year (1 July to 30 June).
Payments can be made as one payment, or by four equal instalments on the due dates shown on the notice. An annual rates notice is sent out in July followed by an instalment reminder notice prior to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th instalment due dates.

Under the Local Government Act 1993 Council is only required to issue an Annual Rates Notice at the commencement of each financial year. Instalment reminders are issued as a courtesy only.

Rate Instalment Due Dates Are:

  • 1st instalment:  30 Days after Issue Date of Rates notice
  • 2nd instalment: 18 October 2017
  • 3rd instalment: 17 January 2018
  • 4th instalment: 14 March 2018

What if I am experiencing difficulties in paying rates?

A ratepayer who is having difficulty in paying rates should contact Council at the earliest opportunity to arrange a payment schedule that is agreeable both to the Council and the ratepayer. This is essential to avoid Council taking legal action to recover the outstanding rates.
A ratepayer may also apply to Council to defer the payment of rates on the grounds of hardship. An application has to be in writing and must be lodged with the Council’s General Manager.
A Council may grant or refuse a deferral application. Any granted deferral may be subject to a condition that the ratepayer pay’s interest on the amount due.

What if my payment is late?

If a ratepayer does not pay the rates on his or her property council may commence legal action against the ratepayer to recover the outstanding amount. If council takes such legal action the ratepayer will be liable for the legal costs associated with the action.
If  rates instalment, are not paid on or before they fall due, the council may impose a penalty not exceeding 10% of the amount owing, and charge a daily interest rate determined by the council.

What happens if I don’t pay my rates?

If rates are not paid for a period exceeding three years, the council may sell a property to recover the unpaid rates. The council can sell it by public auction or by direct sale.

Rates Forms

Icon of Direct Debit Alteration Direct Debit Alteration (136.3 KiB)
Icon of Direct Debit Cancellation Direct Debit Cancellation (132.5 KiB)
Icon of Direct Debit Request Direct Debit Request (173.0 KiB)
Icon of Payment Arrangement For Rates Account Payment Arrangement For Rates Account (98.9 KiB)
Icon of Pensioner Application Rates Remission 2017-2018 Pensioner Application Rates Remission 2017-2018 (190.6 KiB)