COVID-19 update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the globe, Wakefield Regional Council is taking proactive measures to stop the spread. Our front counter remains open but please call or email us in the first instance. We are trying to minimise risk to our people and our community so, if you can carry out business with us online or on phone, do so.

Find out about our response and important information for residents and businesses

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Your rate notice

Ratepayers are able to pay their council rates either for the entire year or in four equal installments. A notice will be issued approximately one month prior to the installment date. Please note it is the ratepayers' responsibility to ensure that rate payments, including post and BPAY, reach Council by the due date.

Click here to find out about single farm enterprises and valuations

The four installment dates for 2020/21 are:

  • 1st quarter - 25 September 2020
  • 2nd quarter - 4 December 2020
  • 3rd quarter - 5 March 2021
  • 4th quarter - 4 June 2021

Rates may be paid:

  • via the Council's Credit Card payment facility. Have your Bpay Reference Number handy and your VISA or Mastercard (American Express not accepted) then click pay rates online.
  • by post to Council's office;
  • Australia Post - in person at any post office, by phone 131 816 or by internet - go to www.postbillpay.com.au;
  • by BPAY ie internet or telephone banking, using a debit or credit card, please contact your bank for detail;
  • by Direct Debit (see more information below);
  • in person, at the Council office during the hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment arrangements is invited to contact the Council office on 8862 0800 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. Such enquiries are treated confidentially by the Council. Find out more about Council's measures to support those facing financial difficulty.

We have developed our 2020/21 Annual Community Plan based on an average rate increase of 2.9% to help fund the renewal and development of our infrastructure and maintain or improve services. The amount to be paid will vary depending on changes to property valuations.

Council has adopted differential rating and a fixed charge. The differential rate paid is calculated by multiplying the value of your property with an amount per dollar - for 2020-21 these rates are:

Residential - 0.3816 cents in the dollar
Commmercial - 0.6168 cents in the dollar
Industrial - 0.5970 cents in the dollar
Primary Production - 0.3097 cents in the dollar
Vacant Land – 1.3520 cents in the dollar
Other - 0.3910 cents in the dollar.

A Council may impose a fixed charge on every property in its area, provided that it has not imposed a minimum rate. Where two or more adjoining properties have the same owner and the same occupier, or where there is a single farm enterprise comprising more than one property, only one fixed charge is payable by the ratepayer.

The Council has imposed a fixed charge on rateable properties of $320. This has not changed in the past three years and ensures all ratepayers are contributing to Council service delivery.

The Local Government Act 1999 allows Councils to raise revenue by applying rates. We use the capital value of properties - provided by the SA Valuer-General each year - to value land within the Council region as this provides the fairest method of distributing the rate burden across all ratepayers.

Council collects the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy on behalf of the State Government's Northern & Yorke NRM Board.

Download an information brochure.

Understanding the landscape levy

This levy consolidates a number of previous costs associated with animal and plant control, soils management, revegetation etc and funds vital NRM projects. It is calculated based on the capital value of rateable properties.

For more information about the projects your regional NRM levy helps fund, please phone Natural Resources Centre, Clare on 8841 3400, or visit their website www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/northernandyorke

Direct Debit

Set and forget! Here by popular demand, Direct Debit is now avaliable. Pay annually, quarterly, or as discussed with our Rates Officer, who will step you through the process. Call the Council Office on 8862 0800 to discuss your options and the sign-up requirements.

Direct Debit Application form - editable(169 kb)

Changing Your Details

We have two ways to update your details: