About your Rates


Rates are used to provide essential services and to ensure adequate funds are raised to maintain the region’s infrastructure to a satisfactory level.

If you own a home or business property you will pay rates to your local Council, unless your property (for example a church, school or hospital) is exempt from rates.  Our rates are determined in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993.

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Due Dates for Rates

Rates are paid every year and can be paid in full or by quarterly instalments.

If you are paying in full, your rates are due on or before 31 August each financial year.

The due dates for quarterly instalments are:

  • First Instalment – 31 August
  • Second instalment – 30 November
  • Third instalment – 28 February
  • Fourth instalment – 31 May.

Late Payments and Interest Charges

If you don’t pay your rates on or before the due date, interest (calculated daily) will be charged on the amount owing.  The interest rate is set annually by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

The current interest rate for the 2017/18 financial year is 7.5 per cent.
Council may take legal action to recover unpaid rates and charge the cost of the action to the ratepayer (See Council's Debt Recovery and Financial Hardship Policy(PDF, 132KB))

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Rates Overpayment 

If the rates have been overpaid on a property, only the person who made the payment can apply for a refund.  Sufficient evidence of the payment will need to be submitted.

Financial Difficulties

If you are having difficulty paying your rates on time, please call the Council to discuss possible alternative arrangements, or complete the Agreement to Pay Rates Form(PDF, 260KB). This form requires a signatgure and therefore you will need to print it off to sign then return it to Edward River Council in person at 180 Cressy Street, by post to PO Box 270 Deniliquin NSW 2710 or email to council@edwardriver.nsw.gov.au.

If you are suffering severe financial difficulties you may apply for a financial hardship determination by completing the Hardship Relief Application Form(PDF, 736KB).

Change of Address

Contact us to change your mailing address in person, in writing or via email - We are unable to change your address over the phone.

Alternatively, download and complete the Change of Address Form and return to us via email, post or by dropping into our Customer Service Centre at 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin.