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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

  • 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:

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: 0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  2. Commercial-Shop: 0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  3. Commercial-Office: 0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  4. Commercial-Other: 0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  5. Industry-Light: 0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  6. Industry-Other0.527954 cents in the dollar;
  7. Primary Production: 0.529754 cents in the dollar;
  8. Vacant Land: 0.712738 cents in the dollar;
  9. Other: 0.52794 cents in the dollar.

In respect of the 2019 / 2020 financial year and pursuant to Section 158 of the Local Government Act 1999, Council hereby fixes the sum of $880 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.

Declaration of Natural Resources Management Levy

Pursuant to section 95 of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and section 154 of the Local Government Act 1999 and in order to reimburse the Council for amounts contributed to the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, the District Council of Yankalilla, in respect of the financial year ending 30 June 2020, declares a separate rate of 0.00968 cents in the dollar on capital value of all rateable land in the area of the District Council of Yankalilla and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board - Natural Resource Management Levy

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Natural Resources Management Board has been formed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 to manage, protect and in some cases, restore the region's precious natural resources. The Board has brought together the former local Catchment Water Management, Soil Conservation and Animal & Plant Control Boards under one umbrella to achieve a more coordinated and integrated approach to the long-term sustainable management of the region's soil, water, marine and coastal environments, and native plants and animals.

What is NRM?
The landscape of the Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges region vary remarkably - from the built-up city, suburbs and towns, to farmland, remnant bushland, rolling hills and plains, and more than 200 kilometres of spectacular coast. Stretching from the Barossa Valley in the north to the Fleurieu Peninsula in the south, it is also the most biologically diverse region in South Australia, with half of the State's species of native plants and three-quarters of its native birds.

But 170 years of development have had a major ecological impact on these landscapes, native habitats and our marine environment. The biodiversity of many ecosystems is at risk from new and existing threats, including development, climate change, pests and the fragmentation of remnant vegetation.

Natural resources management, or NRM, is about ensuring that we wisely manage and protect what we still have and, where we can, restore what's been lost. The NRM Levy funds this vital work.

Who Pays the Regional NRM Levy?Everyone who lives and works in the region has an impact on the environment. As such, we all share a responsibility to take care of our precious soil, water, landscapes, marine environments, native animals and plants and ecosystems. Your contribution through the NRM levy will help to fund the vital work needed to care for and enhance these environmental assets. In the AMLR region, the regional NRM levy is charged to every rateable property (so, if you own more than one property, you will pay an NRM levy on each one).

The regional NRM levy is not a new levy, it's just is a new name for contributions ratepayers have been making for many years through their catchment water management levies and animal and plant control contributions through local councils. Animal and Plant Control Board contributions were not previously itemised separately on people's rates notices, but paid on their behalf by Councils out of rates collected. Those contributions are now itemised on your rates notices as the NRM levy. All of the projects and activities that were in place andplanned for under the old Boards now comprise most of the new NRM Board's activities.

How is the NRM Levy Calculated, Collected and Spent?
Just like council rates, in the AMLR region NRM 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 NRM Board as is required under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, but acts only as a revenue collector and does not retain any levy income.

For any enquiries about how the NRM Levy is calculated, please contact Council on 8558 0200.

The environment is our most valuable asset, and looking after it requires a substantial investment. In 2015/16 the Board’s income from land and water NRM levies was $28.3 million, along with Federal and State grants totalling $3.7 million, and other income of $0.3 million, for a total income of $32.3 million. Total expenditure by the Board on programs and projects to manage natural resources was $34.8 million. In addition, project investments by the Board attract co-funding and other support from Government, business and the community, leveraging support valued at $34.7 million (revenue, cash, in-kind) in 2015/16. Levy funds can only be spent on projects and activities within the AMLR region in accordance with the Board's NRM Plan, which is approved by the Minister for Environment and Conservation. The Board has in place an Initial NRM Plan, which focuses on the goals and objectives previously contained in the Plans of the catchment water management, soil conservation and animal and plant control boards. The Board is currently working on a new comprehensive Regional NRM Plan, which is being prepared in consultation with the community, Councils, Government agencies and industry.

Water levies, based on the allocation or use of water by licensed water users in the Board's area, also form part of the Board's funding base, with additional and significant monetary investments coming from the State and Commonwealth Governments.

The Board is involved in hundreds of environmental and conservation projects across the region, involving many thousands of people, both paid and volunteer. Through strong partnership arrangements with all levels of government, the community, businesses, landholders, schools, traditional owners and a wide range of other stakeholders and groups the Board attracts, co-ordinates and delivers a comprehensive suite of integrated initiatives aimed at improving and preserving the natural resources of the AMLR region for current and future generations.

Download the brochure below for further information about how your regional NRM Levy is working for you and your local environment, or go to or phone the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board on 8273 9100.

For further information on the Region's progress and outcomes, please click on the following link:

Community Wastewater Management Schemes

Wirrina Community Water Supply

An annual service of $800 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.

For all future correspondence on this please contact Aaron Glossop, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, on 0401 124 061. The website for more information can be found 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)