Rates rebates - government assistance

We know paying rates can be tough for some members of our community. If you're a low-income homeowner, each year you you might be eligible for a Department of Internal Affairs property rates rebate subsidy of up to $620. Applications for the 2016/17 funding round closed on 30 June 2017, and applications for 2017/18 are now open.

To find out more, please visit the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website.

You could also be eligible for other property and water rates remissions that we offer. For more information, visit our rates remissions page.

Frequently asked questions and additional resources

How can I find out more about the DIA rates rebate?

Each year the Rates Rebate Scheme is run by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and we support the scheme by processing applications. For more information about the scheme please visit the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website.

I applied for a 2017/18 rates rebate. How will I receive the rebate?

If you application is successful, the rebate will be paid as a credit to your rates account.

How often can I apply for a DIA rates rebate?

You can apply once during each rating year (1 July – 30 June). If you’re successful you can only receive one DIA rates rebate per rating year.

Are there other rates rebates or remissions I can apply for and can I apply for more than one?

We set aside up to $175,000 a year for property rates/water rates remissions. These are available to low-income earners and/or people facing financial hardship. For more information, visit our rates remissions page.

Still have questions?

View Q&As for Rates Rebates on the DIA website.

Visit a Council Service Centre or phone the Rates team on 0800 486 486

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