Your Rates Explained

Anyone owning property and/or commercial enterprises within Shire of Mundaring is required to pay rates. Rates are necessary for the Shire to provide facilities and services to the community. Services provided to ratepayers include libraries, recreation and sporting facilities, road upgrades, environmental management, community safety, and waste collection facilities.

Why rates vary between properties

The rate charged varies in line with the value of a property - the higher the value of the property, the higher the rates. Values are assessed on the basis of the annual rental income potential (Gross Rental Value-GRV) of each residence which is reviewed every three years by the Valuer General's Office, or on the Unimproved Value (UV) of the land (reviewed annually).

Interim Rates

The Shire may be required to issue interim rates during the course of a financial year for various reasons. Some of the main reasons include:

  • completion of a new building or structure
  • alteration, addition or demolition of an existing building or structure
  • variation to land due to amalgamation subdivision or strata title
  • an error in valuation or rating of a property
  • subsequent revaluation of a property.

Emergency Services Levy

The Emergency Services Levy is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The ESL provides the majority of funding required for Career and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Brigades, DFES Multi-function Brigades/Units, Bush Fire Brigades, State Emergency Service Units. The amount of ESL to be collected, and the applicable rates and charging parameters, are declared annually by the Minister for Emergency Services. For more information please refer to www.dfes.gov.au or free- call 1300 136 099.

Standard Rubbish Service

The Standard Rubbish Service is one fee which covers costs for a standard green bin, a recycling bin, a waste transfer station fee and bulk verge rubbish collection. The service has been listed as one fee to simplify waste charges and is reflective of full cost recovery. Residents without a waste bin service have different arrangements in place. Waste charges do not qualify for the State Government rebate. For more information please contact Infrastructure Services on 9290 6666 (select option two).

Penalty Interest

In accordance with section 6.51 of the Local Government Act 1995, penalty interest will be charged at a rate of 11% per annum on overdue amounts and will be applied in the following manner:

No instalment option – interest will begin to accrue on Rates and/or Charges that remain unpaid after the due date.

Instalment option – interest will begin to accrue daily on any instalment payment that remains unpaid after the due date of the instalment, and will accrue until the instalment is paid.

Arrears – interest shall begin to accrue at 1 July on all Rates and/or Charges.



Rates Office
9290 6617
shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au

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