Differential Rates

The City has made a commitment to its ratepayers that rates will be frozen in 2020/21 as part of our $43.7M response to the COVID-19 crisis. This means no rate payer will have an increase in rates next financial year. Closing date: 24 June 2020 Follow project

One way to help meet that commitment is to implement a system that differentiates how rates are calculated depending on whether you have a residential, commercial, industrial or vacant property.

This is a more tailored approach to how we rate properties and may save you money.

We are proposing to introduce this rating system in 2020/21 and we are inviting you to comment in accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995.

The City of Stirling gives notice of its intention to adopt the following rates in the dollar for each differential rating category in the 2020-2021 Financial Year:

Rating categoryRate in dollarMinimum rates
Parkland villas retirement villages (apartments under 36m2 in total area)$805
Strata titled storage units$553

The City of Stirling has prepared a Statement of Objectives and Reasons for Differential Rates outlining the decision to implement a Differential Rates model.


How are rates calculated?

Through Landgate, the Valuer General assesses the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of each individual property every three years. When this data is received by the City, a rate in the dollar is applied to calculate the rates amount.

What is the latest data saying?

The latest update for the 2020/21 financial year saw GRV’s fall in all Stirling suburbs, however there was a significant change between property categories with residential falling by 14% on average compared to 5% for commercial.

What happens is one category goes up or down more than another?

Applying a single rate in the dollar in these circumstances would result in some ratepayers paying more while others paid less than the previous year. 

How can I comment?

Ratepayers are invited to make submissions in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, City of Stirling, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling WA 6021 or via email to rates@stirling.wa.gov.au  and must be received no later than 4.00pm, Wednesday 24 June 2020 to be considered.

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Statement of Objectives and Reasons for Differential Rates(PDF)

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