You may be eligible for a rates reduction as part of the Government's rate rebate scheme that provides assistance for low income earners.
Established by the Third Labour Government in 1973, the Rates Rebate Scheme provides a rates subsidy to low-income homeowners. The amount of the rebate depends on a combination of your income, how much your rates are and the number of dependents you have. Your income is based on the tax year ending 31 March - and it includes your spouse's income. You can make one application per household.
The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2020:
If you are a low income household, you could be eligible for a rates rebate of up to $655.
Use the rates rebate calculator and rebate eligibility information on the Department of Internal Affairs' website to see if you meet the criteria.
If you are granted a rebate we will reduce your rates by the amount of the rebate, or you can request a refund if you have already paid your current instalment.
You can apply for a rates rebate at any time during the rating year you are applying for, but the rebate can’t be back-dated for previous rating years.
Good news - from August 2018 residents of registered retirement villages also became eligible for a rates rebate.
You can apply for a rebate using the form at the bottom of this page or by trying out our new online application form.
You will need to provide the following:
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