Rates and Charges

Did you know you can now have your rates notice delivered straight to your inbox. Click the button on the left to register!
Make sure to have a Rate Notice handy for your initial set-up!

Each year, Council publishes “Your Rates Explained”; a booklet designed to inform ratepayers how their rates notices are calculated, including the amounts payable for each of Council’s rates and charges.

To assist in explaining your current rates notice please refer to Council Revenue Statement.  This will identify and explain your differential rating category and all service charges within North Burnett Region.

Discount

Council advises your discount on rates and charges will NOT be allowed if payment is received after the due date shown on the rate notice, regardless of postage and transfer times.

Please ensure electronic transfers are received into Council’s account before the close of discount date.
For BPAY transfers allow up to three days for transfer into Council’s account. Please contact your financial institution directly regarding internet banking and transfer cut-off times.

Cheques must be received and receipted at one of the offices by the due date shown on the rates notice.
Discount does not apply to water consumption charges


What happens if my payment is late?

If your payment is not paid in full by the due date you will be charged interest on the amount owing. Council will charge interest at a rate of 11% per annum, compounded daily. Please ensure your payment reaches Council by the due date shown on your notice. If you are paying by mail, you should make allowances for postage time.

I’m having difficulty making my payment!

Council is sympathetic towards ratepayers who have genuine difficulties in meeting their payment deadlines. Should you be in such a position please visit Council in person or contact Council’s Rates Officer on 1300 696 272 in order to discuss your situation and to make a special repayment arrangement.


Pensioner Concessions

The State Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme (PRSS) provides a subsidy of a predetermined percentage on some Council rates and charges to pensioners who are in receipt of a pension from the Commonwealth Government, and who comply with the guidelines established by the Queensland Department of Families, Youth and Community Care. The State Government subsidy is currently set at twenty percent (20%) of the applicable rates and charges up to a maximum of $200 per annum.

Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Communities Website
If you wish to claim this concession please visit your closest office with your pension card.


Paying Your Rates

Council offers a variety of payment methods to ratepayers, including:

  • DIRECT DEBIT
    With direct debit, you can choose the payment amount and how often you pay. You can cancel any time (14 days notice is required).  Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly or monthly or on the due date from your nominated bank account.  To apply for direct debit, simply complete a Direct Debit Request
  • BPAY
    BPAY is the nationwide electronic bill payment service that has changed the way bills are paid. You simply log online or call your bank or financial institution instead of dealing with companies to pay bills. No more standing in queues or writing cheque after cheque.  You have a choice of paying from cheque, savings, debit, credit card or transaction account. When you see the logo you simply call your bank to make your payment.  BPAY is the easier way to pay. Registered to BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518
    Council’s Biller code is 909838. Please ensure you use your current customer reference number when paying.
  • Telephone
    Phone your local North Burnett Regional Council office during business hours on 1300 MY NBRC (1300 696 272) with your Mastercard or Visa card.
  • In Person
    Council’s Administration Centres are available in each district for you to make payment by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visa card. Phone Council on 1300 696 272 for your closest Centre.
  • Mail
    Council accepts payment by cheque, Mastercard and Visa card by post. If you’re paying by card, please detach and complete the  reverse side of the remittance advice slip and return it to Council. Please make cheques payable to “North Burnett Regional Council”. All mail payments must be received by the due date.

Other payment options may be available to suit your needs. Please contact Council’s rates staff on 1300 MY NBRC (1300 696 272) for further information.


Change of Address

If you have changed your mailing address, please notify Council in writing using the Change of Address Form, so that your details can be updated.  Residents who have changed their mailing address and have failed to notify Council run the risk of NOT receiving their rates notice and possibly missing out on any discount offered.

All changes must be received in writing.  Address changes cannot be accepted over the telephone.


Category into which land is included

Pursuant to the Local Government Regulation 2012, section 88, you are hereby notified of the following:

1. The differential category in which the land “your land” has been categorised is identified on the rate notice as it has been determined by the council.

2. You may object to the categorisation of your land by giving the council a notice of objection, in the form approved by the council, within thirty (30) days after the date of issue of the rate notice or such further period as the council allows. Click here to access this form.

3. The sole grounds on which you may object is that, having regard to the criteria decided by the council for categorising rateable land, your land should have been included, as at the date of issue of the rate notice, in another of the categories specified in the revenue statement.

4. That giving a notice of objection will not, in the meantime, affect the levy and recovery of the rates specified in the rate notice.

5. That if, because of an objection made, your land is included in another category, an adjustment of rates will be made.

 

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