What is a rates rebate?
The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the Department of Internal Affairs in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates.
If you have a low income and pay the rates on your home, you could be eligible for a rebate or reduction of up to $640. Rates rebates are administered by local councils and paid for by central government.
The income threshold is $25,660, however if you earn above that amount you may still qualify for a smaller rates rebate dependent on your circumstances.
Want to find out if you qualify?
Our staff are happy to assist you with any further queries you may have or you can use the online tools available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.
Use the Rates Rebate Calculator to check whether you're eligible.
Debunking the rates rebate myths . . . .
The Rates Rebate is only for people on the super - wrong - any homeowner on a low income can apply.
My neighbour told me I wouldn't get it - wrong - you will only know whether you qualify or not by filling out an application form and giving it to Council.
I have to pay my rates in full first - wrong - if you have any rates outstanding, the rebate will be credited against that. If you have a direct debit, you will be given a rates rebate holiday.
I earn more than the income threshold so will not qualify - not necessarily - a rebate may still be available depending on your circumstances.
I was declined last year so I won't get one this year - wrong - we send application forms out to those who were declined in the previous year as we are aware that peoples financial circumstances can change from year to year.
Not sure if you've applied for your rebate this year?
No problem, give us a call on 0800 WAIPADC (924 723) and our Rates team can check it out for you.