Rates - FAQs

If you have a question about your rates within the City of Stirling, please review the frequently asked questions and their responses below.

Can I make a special payment arrangement with the City?

If you are unable to pay your rates installments due to financial hardship, you can apply for a payment arrangement.

Please note: The special administration fee has been waived and no penalty interest will be charged for the 2020/2021 rating period, as part of the Covide-19 initiative.

Please also note: Pensioners are not charged any administration fee when setting up a payment arrangement.

What should I do if my contact details change?

Please let us know promptly, in writing, of any changes to your contact details. Property owners must make sure that the City has the correct address and contact details for the service of notices.

What should I do if I sell my property?

Under the provisions of the Local Government Act, when a person sells or disposes of land, the owner/agent must advise the City in writing, within 21 days of the change in ownership, giving full details of the purchaser.

Can I appeal my property's valuation?

If you feel that the valuation applied to your property is incorrect, you can lodge an objection with Landgate's Valuer General's Office, within 60 days of the issue of your rates notice. For more information, please contact the Valuer General's Office on (08) 9273 7373 or visit Landgate's website landgate.wa.gov.au/valuations.

Section 6.81of the Local Government act 1995 refers that rates assessments are required to be paid by the due date, irrespective of whether an objection or appeal has been lodged. In the event of a successful objection or appeal, the rates will be adjusted, and you will be advised accordingly. Credit balance may be refunded or request.

Do I pay GST on my rates assessment?

GST is not payable on your rates assessment.

What is the Emergency Services Levy?



All property owners in Western Australia contribute to the fire and emergency services through the Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

Local Governments collect the levy on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). All funds collected are forwarded directly to DFES, who then redistribute the money to emergency services throughout the State.

What is a pool inspection fee?

State Government legislation requires that all private swimming pool enclosures must be inspected at least every 4 years.

Did you know?

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds Western Australia's (WA) fire and emergency services, including career fire stations, volunteer fire brigades, State Emergency Service (SES) units, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and the multi-purpose Volunteer Emergency Service units. For more information about the ESL, visit the DFES website.