Rates are Council’s main source of income required to deliver services and maintain the infrastructure required by our community.
In setting the rates for the financial year, Council considers the current economic climate, specific issues faced by the community, the impact of rates on the community and its Community Plan, which determines:
At the City of Unley we have a minimum rate, which ensures all ratepayers contribute towards the provision of basic services at a reasonable level.
Notice is hereby given that the Corporation of the City Unley in accordance with section 167(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1999 at a meeting held on 24 June 2019 adopted for the year ending 30 June 2020 the Government assessment of capital value being $15,259,319,060 as detailed in the valuation roll prepared by the Valuer-General in relation to the areas of the Corporation of the City of Unley and hereby specifies 1 July 2019 as the day as and from which such valuation shall become and be the valuations of the Council.
Notice is hereby given that at a meeting held on 24 June and 8 July 2019 the Corporation of the City of Unley in accordance with section 156(1)(a) of the Local Government Act 1999 declared differential general rates, based upon the capital value of the land subject to the rate, for the year ending 30 June 2020 as follows:
(a) In respect to rateable land which is categorised by land use category 1 - Residential in Regulation 14 of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2013 as a prescribed permissible differentiating factor, a differential general rate in the dollar of 0.002411;
(b) In respect to rateable land which is categorised by land use category 2 - Commercial-Shop, category 5- Industry Light, category 6 - Industry Other, category 7 - Primary Production, category 8 - Vacant Land and category 9 - Other in Regulation 14 of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2013 as prescribed permissible differentiating factors, a differential general rate in the dollar of 0.0048200; and
(c) In respect to rateable land which is categorised by land use category 3 - Commercial-Office and category 4 - Commercial-Other in Regulation 14 of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2013 as prescribed permissible differentiating factors, a differential general rate in the dollar of 0.005705.
Pursuant to Section 158 of the Local Government Act 1999 the council fixed a minimum amount that shall be payable by way of rates on all rateable land within the whole of the Municipality for the year ending 30 June 2020 at $850.00
Pursuant to Section 154 to the Local Government Act 1999 and in respect to all rateable land within the City of Unley, a separate rate of in the dollar of 0.00009500 was declared as the Natural Resource Management Levy in accordance with the requirements of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.
Pursuant to Section 154 of the Local Government Act 1999, for the year ending 30 June 2020 the following differential Separate rates are declared on all rateable land based upon capital value of the land, subject to the rate as follows:
Annual Council rates notices are issued each year in July. Your rates can be paid annually or in quarterly instalments. If you are paying by instalments, the Council will send you separate notices. Payments can be made more frequently, but please ensure that each quarterly instalment amount is paid by the due date indicated on your rates notice to avoid any late payment fee.
Present your rates notice at the City of Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.
Cash, EFTPOS and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) accepted.
Phone our Customer Service Centre on 8372 5111, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
Please have your rates notice available at the time of the call.
To request and authorise direct debit payments of your rates, please download and complete the request form below. Please ensure you have read, understood and agree with the terms and conditions on page 2 of the form.
Please email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to the City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.
Direct debits will remain in place until you advise the City of Unley that you wish for them to cease.
Telephone or Internet payment may be made through your participating financial institution. Contact your financial institution to register, quoting biller code 2238 and the customer reference number shown next to the BPay symbol on the payment slip.
As a registered BPAY View user, you can receive, pay and store your quarterly rates notice in your online banking. Sign up to BPAY View in three simple steps by logging in to your online or mobile banking.
Payments made through Australia Post or BPay may take up to two working days to reach us. Please ensure your payment is made in time to reach council by the due date.
Online payment can be made through the Postbillpay website.
Payments may be made at any Post Office with Billpay facilities. The minimum amount payable at Australia Post is $50.
To make payments through the Postbillpay service, please phone 131 816. Follow the recorded directions, quoting Billpay code 0960 and the customer reference number shown next to the Postbillpay symbol on the payment slip of the rate notice.
For more information on any of the above, please contact our Rates Department during business hours on 8372 5111.
If an instalment of rates is not paid on or before the date on which it falls due:
In any case where the default in payment of rates (including instalments) occurs, Council may without further notice commence proceedings for all amounts due.
Recovery proceedings available to Council include:
Please advise Council immediately if your details have changed. All changes of address must be submitted to Council in writing and verbal notification over the phone cannot be accepted.
Please include the old and new addresses, assessment number for the property, and date from which the change is effective.
For more information, please contact the Rates Department during business hours on 8372 5111.
The Cost of Living Concession (CLC) helps those on low or fixed incomes with their cost of living expenses. The CLC is payable per household, not per individual.
Eligibility is based on your living arrangements on 1 July. Eligibility for the CLC includes pensioners and low-income earners who are tenants.
The CLC is means tested for self-funded retirees. Self-funded retirees earning more than $51,500 a single or $82,400 a couple will not be eligible.
All concession payments are made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You must provide your banking details to receive the concession.
If you have previously received a Cost of Living Concession payment and your living and/or income arrangements have not changed, you do not need to reapply.
Visit the SA Government website to update your details or apply for a concession online.
To apply for a rate rebate for the 2019-2020 financial year, please download and complete the application form below.
Forms can be returned to Council via email email@example.com or post to Rate Rebates, the City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.
Recent changes to the Local Government Act 1999 provide the option for State Seniors Card holders to apply to postpone part of their Council rates on a long-term basis.
The deferred amount is subject to a monthly interest charge, with the accrued debt being payable on the disposal or sale of the property. However, the debt may be paid at any earlier time at the ratepayer's discretion.
A ratepayer who holds or is in the process of applying for a State Seniors Card may apply for postponement of a portion of the Council rates payable on property they own or are purchasing, providing it is their principal place of residence. It is also a requirement that no other person other than their spouse has an interest as owner of the property.
Please phone the Rates Department on 8372 5111 to discuss your eligibility, the conditions and lodge your application form.
Council rates are calculated using individual property values which are determined by the State Government's Office of the Valuer-General.
If you are dissatisfied with the valuation made by the Valuer-General then you may object in writing, within 60 days of receiving the first annual rates notice, explaining the basis of your objection.
Written objections should be emailed to LSGObjections@sa.gov.au or mailed to:
The State Valuation Office can be contacted on 1300 653 346.
Differential General Rates imposed by the Council are based on various Land Use Categories. These are determined at 1 July and therefore any change to the Land Use during the year will only be effective from the next rating year.
Should you have any reason to believe that the Land Use Category applied to your account is incorrect, you may lodge a written objection with Council outlining the grounds upon which your objection is based. Objections must be submitted to Council within 60 days of receiving this notice. Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection has been lodged.
Written objections should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.
The Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy is a State Government initiative. The City of Unley collects the regional levy on all ratable properties as part of the annual rates on behalf of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
The levy is utilised in accordance with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board's approved plans which include flood control, wetland development, restoring rivers, animal and plant control and for community grants to groups or individuals who have 'adopted' a section of their local river or creek to beautify.
Council is obliged by State legislation to collect the Levy on the behalf of the Board. Any unpaid Levy joins the normal collection process associated with annual Council rates. Fines will be charged on outstanding levies.
For more information, contact the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board by phoning 1300 764 489 or visit Natural Resources SA.
Residents are entitled to access the assessment book that contains information about property owners within the City of Unley. Public access to the assessment book is available via the computer located in the foyer of the Civic Centre at 181 Unley Road, Unley.
Visiting the Civic Centre at 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061 where you can complete the Assessment Book Extract Application Form and pay the $3.30 fee associated with this request.
Email to email@example.com. You must also pay the $3.30 fee associated with this request by providing your credit card details in the specified section on the form (a receipt for this transaction will be posted out to you).
Fax to 8271 4886. You must also pay the $3.30 fee associated with this request by providing your credit card details in the specified section on the form (a receipt for this transaction will be posted out to you).
Mail to PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061. You must also either provide your credit card details in the specified section on the form or by sending a cheque for the $3.30 fee associated with this request.
Residents who require the name and address of the owners of the adjoining properties to their own will need to apply in writing. There is no fee associated with this request.
A full title (Copy of the Certificate of Title) and a survey plan image are available through Planning and Property on the SA Government website.
Searches provide information on a particular property. They can only be ordered by or on behalf of a person who has an interest in land within the area.
For the purposes of ordering a Search, the Local Government Act 1999 (Section 187) states that a person has an interest in land if and only if that person is:
Council has up to eight working days, from the day that payment is received, to complete a search.
Urgent searches will be given priority but Council will not guarantee a 24 hour turnaround. Council provides a more efficient and quicker way to request Section 7 Searches online through Council’s website.
To request certificates electronically either login as a current user or register as a new user on our Online eServices webpage.
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