We understand that everyone has different circumstances and therefore we offer several ways to pay your rates. You can choose whichever option best suits you; the options and the corresponding amounts due are outlined on your rate notice.
There are three standard options:
- Option 1: One annual instalment due on 20 August 2021.
- Option 2: Two instalments due on 20 August 2021 and 20 December 2021.
- Option 3: Four instalments due on 20 August 2021, 20 October 2021, 20 December 2021 and 21 February 2022.
Ratepayers choosing Option 1 will go into the draw for our annual Rates Incentive Scheme which includes prizes to reward ratepayers for paying their rates in full on time.
Options 2 and 3 incur an additional administration fee, and interest of 5.5%. This is calculated within the cost of the options as stated on your rate notice. This amount is included in the total amount payable. Pensioners are exempt from these costs.
For direct debit arrangement, please see the forms below.
To find out your account balance, please contact the Rates team on 9528 0333 or sign up to the City's secure online portal Rock Port where you can view the balance of your rates account and make a payment.
We offer Rates Smoothing to help households spread the cost of their rates throughout the year. Rates Smoothing allows you to make regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments towards your rates, ensuring the total is paid before the end of the financial year. Details are sent out annually with your rate notice. A copy of the terms and conditions can be found below.
Rates Smoothing payment dates
Weekly payment dates
Fortnightly payment dates
Monthly payment dates
(as 15/04/2022 is a public holiday)
(as 15/04/2022 is a public holiday)
How do I register for Rates Smoothing?
Each year the Rates Smoothing form is included with your annual rate notice. You need to complete this form and return by 13 August 2021. Rates Smoothing forms received after this date will not be processed.
Can I make my Rates Smoothing payments in person or by cheque?
No. You can only pay via direct debit from your nominated bank account or credit card if you register for Rates Smoothing.
Can I change my option from weekly/fortnightly/monthly during the year?
No. Once you have entered into an agreement, that must be adhered to for the remainder of the financial year. You can change your option when you receive your next annual rate notice.
Is there a fee for Rates Smoothing?
Interest of 5.5% is calculated within the cost of the options as stated on your rate notice. This amount is included in the total.
Do I have to reapply for Rates Smoothing next year when I receive my rate notice?
If you want to continue your payment arrangement for next year’s rates, you won’t have to do a thing. Your 2022/2023 annual rate notice will include details of your new Rates Smoothing payment amount which will be applied automatically if you want to continue this option.
How do I change my bank account details?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible of any change in bank details by completing a Direct Debit Amendment Request form (below).
What if I can't make any of the payment options?
Rates that are not paid by the due date will incur a daily interest charge.
Please contact us on 9528 0333 if you are experiencing difficulty paying your rates to discuss alternative direct debit options.
Rates can be paid:
- in person at the City of Rockingham Administration Building using cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS
- by mailing a cheque or money order payable to the City of Rockingham
- in person at any Australia Post Office
- over the phone or internet using BPay
- Rates Smoothing (forms to be returned by 13 August 2021)
- Via direct debit arrangement (please see forms below)
Full payment details are included on the bottom of your rate notice.
The City has adopted a Financial Hardship Policy for residential and small business ratepayers who are experiencing financial hardship and difficulty in paying their rates.
You can read the policy below for eligibility and assessment details.
Please complete and sign the application form and provide any supporting documents to the City by the following ways:
- By post: City of Rockingham, PO BOX 2142, Rockingham DC WA 6967
- By email: email@example.com
- In person: City of Rockingham Administration Building, Civic Boulevard, Rockingham WA 6168
You will be contacted by us once your application has been assessed.
If you have any queries on financial hardship, please contact us.