Rates - Rate Concessions
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 concession has been available from 1 July 2001 and is administered by Revenue SA. 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 Senior's 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 the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.
Eligible pensioners must hold a Pension Card, State Concession Card or a Repatriation Health Card marked TPI Gold, EDA Gold or War Widow and may be entitled to a concession on Council rates (and water and effluent charges where applicable). Application forms, which include information on the concessions, are available from the Council, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) website http://www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/concessions/state-concession-card/council-rates or by calling the concessions hotline. This concession is administered by Department for Families and Communities.
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) administers Council rate concessions available to a range of eligible persons receiving State and Commonwealth allowances. This includes, but is not limited to, ratepayers who are in receipt of: Austudy, Newstart, Parenting Payment, Partner Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Special Benefit, Widow Allowance, Youth Allowance, Abstudy, CDEP or a New Enterprise Initiative Scheme. It may also apply to ratepayers in receipt of a pension as a war widow under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand and the holders of a State Concession Card issued by Department for Communities and Social Inclusion. All enquiries should be directed to your nearest branch Office for Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.