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The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates (see The Rates Rebate Act 1973 for more information). For 2006 the Government revised the Scheme and increased the rates rebate thresholds significantly, making more people than ever eligible for the rebate. These changes came into effect on 1 July of that year.
The Government, following a review of the Scheme's key settings, has further increased the rates rebate thresholds for the 2015/16 rating year.
- Maximum rebate increased from $605 to $610
- Income threshold increased from $24,250 to $24,440
This means the income threshold for a full rates rebate for the 2015/16 year is $24,440 and is increased by $500 for each dependant in the household.
Homeowners can apply for the new rebate from 1 July 2015, for the 2015/16 rating year. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2016.
Are you eligible?Although a ratepayer’s income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants – see our example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.
If you receive a benefit from Work and Income you may also like to take a look at this Schedule of Work and Income Benefits (PDF, 10K*) for the year ended 31 March 2015. This table details the benefit rates for the tax year 2014/15 and the minimum rates payable in order to receive any or the full rebate.
How to applyRatepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. You can print and complete the following application form to apply. However, please wait until you get your 2015/16 rates bill before you see your council about a rebate.
- Rates Rebate Application Form for 2015/16 as four standard pages (PDF, 183K)*
- Rates Rebate Application Form for 2015/16 as two landscape pages (PDF, 130K)*
- Persons authorised to witness rates rebate declarations (PDF, 38K)*
- Your rates notice (including your regional rates notice if billed separately) for the current rating year
- Information about what your income (before tax) was for the tax year ended 31 March 2015
- Information about what your partner/joint homeowner’s income was if he/she was normally living with you on 1 July 2015.
- Owner-occupier declaration form (PDF, 38K)*
*This document is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.