State Government rebates and concessions
Rates concessions are available to individuals who have an eligible pension or seniors card or who own a heritage property.
Pensioner and senior State Government rebates
State Government rebates are processed through the Water Corporation and in order to be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be an owner and occupier of a rateable property at 1 July or earlier
- If you’re a pensioner, you must hold a current Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card
- Hold both a WA Senior’s Card (issued by the Department of Communities’ WA Senior’s Card Centre) and a Commonwealth Senior’s Health Card
- If you only hold a WA Senior’s Card (issued by the Department of Communities’ WA Senior’s Card Centre), you are entitled to a small rebate.
Please note, unemployment benefits and health care cards do not qualify for a concession.
Concessions apply to the rates and Emergency Services Levy only - all other charges such as waste, security and pool charges are exempt from a concession.
Applying for a pensioner or seniors concession
To apply for a concession, please visit the Water Corporation website or call 1300 659 951.
If your circumstances change, particularly with respect to your ownership or occupation of a property, or your eligibility as a pensioner or senior, please notify the City as soon as possible.
Rates concessions - heritage
Owners of rateable residential and commercial properties included on the City’s heritage list can apply for a discount on their general rates charge, to assist with the care and maintenance of their property.
Residential properties are eligible for a 50% concession on their general rates charge while commercial properties are eligible for a $2,000 capped concession per property.
The following conditions apply:
- The property must be rated residential or commercial and the applicant must be a registered ratepayer
- The property must be within the City of Stirling boundary and appear on the City of Stirling heritage list
- Applicants must provide evidence of full value building insurance for each year an application is submitted
- Applicants must provide a current pest control certificate for each year an application is submitted
- To receive the rate concession, eligible applications must be received no later than 60 days from the issue date of the current annual rate notice
- Applications received after this date will be ineligible for a heritage rate concession for the current financial year
- The heritage concession is subject to annual budget approval.
The heritage rate concession will not be provided if:
- The owner is bound by the heritage agreement which commits them to ongoing care and maintenance of the heritage building, and this is not adhered to
- Incorrect documentation is supplied
- There is an outstanding rate debt to the City on the property
- The City of Stirling decides to cancel the heritage rate concession.
Please note, heritage rates concessions will be cancelled under the following circumstances:
- A debt to the Council on the property is overdue
- The agreement is nullified by the ratepayer through voluntary withdrawal
- The City determines that the property is not being suitably maintained
- The City determines that the property is not covered by full value building insurance
- The City can at any time cancel the heritage rate concession
- The property is no longer on the State Register of Heritage Places.