Council actively supports people applying for the government rates rebate scheme and welcomes enquiries for more details about individual eligibility.
The scheme is designed to provide a subsidy to low income home owners and the Department of Internal Affairs adjust the criteria and rebate value annually. You can seek a rebate for the current rating year only.
Each application is judged against criteria set by the Department of Internal Affairs. The criteria covers many points and, although the income threshold is $24,470, you still may qualify for a rebate with a higher income figure if you have dependants, or if your property's rates are high. The maximum allowable rebate is $610.00
The additional income allowance for dependants is $500 per dependent.
Please Note: To be eligible to apply for the 2016/2017 Rates Rebate the Department of Internal Affairs requires you to be the legal ratepayer of the property and therefore have your name entered on the Rating Information Database (RID). As the legal ratepayer of the property you could either be the owner of the rating unit (property), or a lessee meeting certain criteria.
These criteria are set out in Sections 11(1)(b) and 11(2) of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 (LGRA). If your name is not on the RID and should be, you would need to seek legal advice before applying for a rebate.
Applications for the 2016/17 Rates Rebate close on 30 June 2017. Please ensure you put your application in before this date as applications cannot be accepted after this date.
To obtain and application form or to get more information about the scheme please visit the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website.
The quarterly rates instalment may contain an insert. Copies of current and previous inserts are available below for download or print.
For further information please contact us by:
Phone: 04 296 4700 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org