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The Buloke Shire Council levies rates and charges in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 (Victoria) and the Valuation of Land Act 1960 (Victoria). Council's Revenue department handles all enquiries concerning this process and is happy to discuss any issues or concerns that ratepayers may have.

Rate Payment Due Dates for 2013-14

Rate Notices are usually forwarded to ratepayers in August of each year. If you have not received your notice, call one of Council’s Customer Service Officers on 1300 520 520 to confirm your current mailing address and ask for a copy of your notice.  

Paying in full

For 2013-14, payment is due by 17 February 2014.   if you are paying in fu

Paying by instalments

If you wish to pay by instalments you must make the first payment no later than 30 September 2013 to ensure that your property is included in the instalment option payment system. Instalment payments are then due as follows:
  • First instalment:         30 September 2013 
  • Second instalment:       2 December 2013
  • Third instalment:        28 February 2014
  • Final instalment:          2 June 2014
If a first payment is not received by 30 September 2013, payment is expected in full by 17 February 2014. Reminder notices will not be issued.

If you make pay a first instalment after 30 September 2013, your payment will be treated as a part payment towards the full payment due 17 February 2014... 

Overdue Charges

Overdue rates will be charged with interest. The interest rate is 10.5%  per year and will be charged on the amount owing from 28 July to the date of payment. If you are having difficulty meeting payment deadlines, see the Financial Hardship section below.  

Financial Hardship

If you are experiencing financial hardship that may prevent you paying your rates by the due date, you should contact Council as soon as possible to discuss an alternative payment arrangement. Please phone Council's Revenue Services Officer on 1300 520 520.    

Pension Concessions

Pension Concession Cards are issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs.  To be eligible for the rate concession you must hold one of the following cards:
  • Centrelink - Pensioner Concession Card
  • DVA - Gold Card (TPI) or Gold Card (War Widow)
Cardholders are entitled to a rebate of rates of $202.90 (2013-2014) on their principle place of residence.  

You will need to fill in the Municipal Rates Concession Application Form  and return this to Council. Hard copies of this form are available at any of Council’s district offices.

Health Care Cards do not entitle ratepayers to a rate rebate.

Payment Methods

Full details of payment methods are listed on the reverse side of your rate notice.

By Mail

Make cheques payable to Buloke Shire Council. Send to Buloke Shire Council, PO Box 1, Wycheproof, VIC 3527

By Telephone

Pay by phone using your MasterCard or Visa. Call 1300 301 090.

Internet

Pay over the internet using credit card. Go to www.deft.com.au

Direct Debit

Council now offers payment by Direct Debit from a nominated bank account. Applications available from Council.

BPAY

Contact your participating bank, credit union or building society to make payments directly from your savings or cheque account. Biller Code and Reference numbers are detailed on your rate notice.

Centrepay

Contact your Council if you wish to organise a Centrepay deduction from your Centrelink payment.

In person

Pay in person at any post office using cash, cheque or eftpos (no credit cards), or any of Council’s district offices.

Find out more about:

Change of Details
Ensure rates notices are forwarded to the correct address and avoid incurring any unwanted penalties by ensuring your details are correct.
Fire Services Levy
From 1 July 2013 the Victorian Government requires local councils to collect a Fire Services Levy on their behalf, as part of rates notices.
Property Valuations
All councils determine property rates by applying a rate in the dollar to the total value of the property.

Buloke Shire Council: 367 Broadway, Wycheproof, VIC 3527 | Phone: 1300 520 520 | Fax: (03) 5493 7395 | Email: buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au

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