The State Government, in providing equity across SA in this area, funds a range of concessions on Council rates. The concessions are administered by various State Agencies who determine eligibility and pay the concession directly to Council on behalf of the ratepayer. Concessions are available only on the principal place of residence.
Ratepayers who believe they are entitled to a concession should not withhold payment of rates pending assessment of an application by the State Government as penalties apply to overdue rates. A refund will be paid to an eligible person if Council is advised that a concession applies and the rates have already been paid.
State Seniors Card Ratepayer (Self Funded Retiree)
This new concession was introduced from 1st July 2001 and is administered by RevenueSA. If you are a self-funded retiree and currently hold a State Seniors Card you may be eligible for a concession toward Council rates. In the case of couples, both must qualify, or if only one holds a State Seniors Card, the other must not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week. If you have not received a concession on your rates notice or would like further information, please contact RevenueSA Call Centre on 1300 366 150 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au
An eligible pensioner may be entitled to a rebate on Council rates and water usage, where applicable. Application forms, which include information on the concessions, are available from the Council at the contact locations listed on the second page. They are also available from the SA Water Corporation and its District Offices or the Department of Human Services (Family & Youth Services). An eligible pensioner must hold a Pension Card, State Concession Card or be a T.P.I. Pensioner.
They must also be responsible for the payment of rates on the property for which they are claiming a concession. Concessions are available only on the principal place of residence. Applications are administered by the State Government. Payment of rates should not be withheld pending assessment of an application by the State Government as penalties apply to unpaid rates. A refund of rates will be paid to an eligible pensioner if Council is advised that a concession applies and the rates have already been paid.
Unemployed Persons Concession
The Department of Human Services may assist with the payment of Council rates for your principal place of residence (remissions are not available on vacant land or rental premises). Please contact your nearest Department of Human Services (Family and Youth Services) office for details.