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Councils must raise revenue for governance and administration, which deliver goods and services to the community. These goods and services are generally not provided by the private sector and may include road infrastructure, waste management, social services, libraries, regulatory services, health services and street lighting to mention a few.

Rates are a system of taxation on the community for local government to deliver the goods and services expected by the community. All ratepayers receive benefits from paying rates, but those benefits are consumed in different quantities and types over the lives of the ratepayer.

For more information see:

Rate Capping Application Forms

Rate Capping 2017/2018 Application Form(204 kb)

Rate Capping 2017/2018 Application for Pensioners(188 kb)

Rates Payments

Due Dates

Rating Period is 1st July to 30th June, each financial year.

Rates are due in full on 1st September 2017
by instalments due on 1st September 2017, 1st December 2017, 2nd March 2018, 1st June 2018. 

Methods of Payment

  • Mount Barker District Council is now able to accept rates, infringement payments and debtor payments by credit card. You can now make your payment at any time of day, conveniently from wherever you access the Internet.

Make a Payment 

By Mail

Cheques or Money Orders

  • Make cheque or money order payable to 'Mount Barker District Council'. Mark cheques 'Not Negotiable'
  • Post dated cheques will not be accepted
  • Mail with bottom portion of the notice to:
    Mount Barker District Council
    PO Box 54

Credit Cards

  • Complete your credit card details on the reverse side of your notice and sign where indicated
  • Mail the bottom portion of the notice to:
    Mount Barker District Council
    PO Box 54


In Person
  • Present the notice intact to the cashier at Mount Barker Council Office, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker
  • Payment is acceptable by:
    Money Order


At Australia Post
  • Take your notice intact – do not remove the Payment Slip – to any Australia Post Office or Post Office Agency anywhere in Australia
  • Online via Australia Post Bill Pay


By Phone
  • You may pay by Mastercard or Visa Card
  • Dial 1300 604 214
  • When requested your Assessment Number from the front of your account
  • Have the notice and your Credit Card handy
  • This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Call is charged at a Local Call Rate


  • Contact participating bank, credit union or building society to make this payment directly from your cheque, savings or credit card account
  • Biller Code: 3301
  • Your Reference Number from the front of this account

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6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200