COVID-19 Rate Relief

Council acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing and that this is a difficult time for our community.

Although Council encourages those ratepayers who are still able to pay their council rates liability to continue to do so, Council at its meeting held 21 April 2020 resolved a number of immediate support measures.

  • All fines and interest incurred on overdue rates for the period of 1 April 2020 until 31 August 2020 will be remitted.
  • All legal action to recover overdue rates will be suspended until after 31 August 2020.
  • All existing payment arrangements will continue with any late payment fines and interest being remitted from 1 April 2020 until 31 August 2020. If you are unable to meet your repayments, please continue to pay what you can afford during this time.
  • Ratepayers experiencing extreme hardship are encouraged to contact Council's Rates officer for information regarding Council's Hardship Policy and to obtain Council's Hardship Application.

Council will continue to offer that ratepayers with a State Seniors card are able to apply to Council to postpone payment of a prescribed portion of rates on their principal place of residence. Postponed rates and interest accrued remain as a charge on the land and are not required to be repaid until the property is sold or disposed of. Postponement of Rates for Seniors

Council will again review the current economic environment and revisit their rates relief policies in August 2020.

EzyBill - Receive Rate Notices via email

Receiving rate notices electronically via email makes it easier and more convenient to manage payments, save paper and reduce waste.
Notices are sent directly to your nominated email address and are accessible on any electronic device: phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, as long as you have internet access.

To start receiving your rates notices via email:

  1. Register your details on the EzyBill website
  2. Complete the registration form, and you will receive an activation email.
  3. Open the email and select to activate your account
  4. Register your properties to receive any future rate notices via email.

You will receive your quarterly notices via EzyBill. Overdue Notices and other Council correspondence will only be issued to your postal address, so please ensure you keep your details updated with Council.

Rate Payment Options

Online Payments

You can pay your rates on-line. Have your Rate Notice with you.

Pay Now

Alternatively either of these options below:


  • Contact your participating financial institution to make payment from your cheque, savings or credit account
  • When requested enter the Biller Code is 45377
  • Your Reference Number is shown on the front of your notice

BPAY, through your own financial institution, can be set up to pay accounts in advance on set dates and this may be an option for you that is very similar to Direct Debit.

Post Billpay at Australia Post

  • Take your notice intact - do not remove the Payment Slip - to any Australia Post Office or Agency anywhere in Australia

In Person

  • Present this notice at the District Council of Yankalilla Office, 1 Charles Street, Yankalilla between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Payment is acceptable by EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, Cash, Cheque or Money Order

By Internet

  • www.postbillpay.com.au
  • You may pay by Visa or MasterCard
  • Billpay Code is 2804
  • Your Reference Number is shown on the front of your rates notice
  • Have your notice and credit card handy, this service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

By Mail

  • Make cheques and/or money order payable to 'District Council of Yankalilla' and marked 'not negotiable'
  • Mail payments, with bottom portion of the notice attached, to the Council at PO Box 9, Yankalilla SA 5203
  • Please note that post-dated cheques will not be accepted

At the Bank

  • Take your notice intact - do not remove the Payment Slip - to any branch of ANZ

By Phone

  • You may pay by Visa or MasterCard
  • Dial 13 18 16
  • When requested, enter the Billpay Code 2804
  • Your Reference Number is shown on the front of your notice
  • Have your notice and your credit card handy
  • This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Calls will be charged at the local call rate

Council rates are governed by the Local Government Act 1999 (see Chapter 10 Rates and Charges) which can be found on the Parliamentary website: http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/

Council rates are the single biggest source of revenue for councils.
Each financial year a council must adopt a budget and then set the rates according to the revenue needed

Councils have a variety of rating options available and need to determine what is the best method to use for their local community. Options include having a single rate apply to all properties or a different rate according to property uses/location, having a separate rate for a particular purpose in part of a council area, having a service rate or charge for a specific service like septic tank effluent disposal and having a fixed (flat) charge or minimum rate as part of the general rate.

Property values are used as a basis for determining what share of the total rate revenue individual ratepayers are to pay. Councils may use site value (land only), capital value (land plus improvements) or annual value (rental) - the majority use capital value. Councils can use valuations provided by the Valuer-General or a valuer authorised under the Land Valuers Act 1994 engaged by the council - the majority use the Valuer-General. Ratepayers may object to valuations if they consider them to be inaccurate.

To achieve a balanced budget, each council must determine every year what the rate in the dollar needs to be in order to generate the required rate revenue.
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In simple terms, the amount of rates payable is determined by multiplying the property value by a rate in the dollar that is determined by the council e.g. if the property value is $200,000 and the rate in the dollar is 0.4975 cents in the dollar, the rates payable will be $995.00. (Note: As indicated above, this will vary according to the rating method used by each council).

Each ratepayer must be given the opportunity to pay their rates in quarterly instalments.

You can access fact sheets and more information regarding Councils, their services and obligations visit Local Government Association.

Declaration of Rates

Declared differential general rates based upon the use of the land as follows:

  1. Residential: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  2. Commercial-Shop: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  3. Commercial-Office: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  4. Commercial-Other: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  5. Industry-Light: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  6. Industry-Other 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  7. Primary Production: 0.517247 cents in the dollar;
  8. Vacant Land: 0.698283 cents in the dollar;
  9. Other: 0.517247 cents in the dollar.

In respect of the 2020 / 2021 financial year and pursuant to Section 158 of the Local Government Act 1999, Council hereby fixes the sum of $890 as the minimum amount payable by way of rates in respect of rateable land within the area.

Please contact the Council office for details of the land use applicable to your property.

Landscape Levy

The Regional Landscape levy (previously known as the NRM levy) is paid by all ratepayers across South Australia – recognising that all landowners are responsible for sustaining and managing our state’s landscapes for the benefit of all community members.

It’s not a new levy, but it has been improved to help fund the state’s regional Landscape Boards (previously known as NRM Boards).

Regional Landscape levies are raised by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board to fund projects and programs to enable landholders, industry and the community to be directly responsible for sustainably managing their region’s landscapes with an emphasis on land and water management, biodiversity and pest animal and plant control.

Who pays the Landscape levy?

The annual Landscape levy is paid by the owners of rateable land in the region and appears on Council rate notices. Everyone who lives and works in the region has an impact on the environment. We all share a responsibility to take care of our land, water, native animals and plants and ecosystems. Your contribution through the Landscape levy will help to fund the vital work needed to care for and enhance these environmental assets. In the Hills and Fleurieu Region, the regional Landscape Levy is charged to every rateable property (so, if you own more than one property, you will pay a Regional Landscape Levy on each one).

How is the Landscape levy calculated?

Just like Council rates, in the Hills and Fleurieu Region, regional Landscape Levy contributions are calculated on the value of your land and are then charged annually through your Council rates.  Council collects the levy in its area on behalf of your regional Landscape Levy Board as is required under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, but only acts as a revenue collector and does not retain any levy income.

For further information about how your regional Landscape Levy is working for you and your local environment, visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au or phone 8273 9100.

Community Wastewater Management Schemes

Wirrina Community Water Supply

An annual service of $880 per unit applies.

Water and Sewerage Pricing Policy Statement

The ‘limited’ regulated water and sewerage retail services currently offered by Council are for the provision of water and sewerage services for some residents at Wirrina.

Council still run the operation of Community Wastewater Management Schemes at RV Dump Points, Second Valley (public toilets), Rapid Bay Cricket Ground, Jetty Caravan Park and the billing operation for a small amount of ratepayers still using the Council's services for sewer and potable water services at Wirrina.

On 1 July 2019 Council transferred the Normanville and Wirrina CWMS system and plant across to SA Water. This enabled those users of the system to achieve a State Based pricing structure.

Visit the SA Water website for more information at SA Water - Residential

Review of Rating Policy

Council at its meeting held 15th January 2009 resolved that having undertaken a Rate Review in accordance with Chapter 10 of the Local Government Act, Council adopt:

  • A Differential Rate according to the use of the land.
  • The principle of a minimum rate.

This change came into affect for rates declared in the 2009/2010 financial year.

Consultation on the Review of Rating Policy took place in 2008. Below is a copy of the discussion paper that was available during the consultation period.

Rating Review Discussion Paper Rating%20Review%20Discussion%20Paper (303 kb)