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Rate Payments

What are rates?

Rates are a system of taxation on the community for local government to deliver what is expected by their community. Ratepayers receive various benefits from paying rates, for more information see:

General Differential Rates 2020/2021

Land within the Council area according to its land use as follows:




Vacant Land


Primary Production

Residential land within zone of Primary Production

Cents in the dollar



0. 416738





To calculate your General Rate component, you will need to know the land use and capital value of the property.


Land use – Residential
Capital value - $400,000

General rates calculation:

400,000 x 0.00416738

=     $1,666.95

Regional Landscape Levy

The Regional Landscape Levy (“the levy”) replaces the Natural Resource Management Levy (“NRM levy”). The levy for the 2020/2021 financial year, is based on the previous NRM levy contribution raised for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and the SA Murray-Darling Basin Regions.  Mount Barker District Council now falls within the Hills & Fleurieu Regional Landscape Region for the purposes of the levy.

The creation of new landscape regions for the purposes of determining levies, is being managed through a transitional scheme. The transition to this new levy, sees the abolition of the NRM levy, previously collected by the Council on behalf of the State under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

While the levy is a State tax, Council is required, under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (“the Act”), to make a specified annual contribution to the Landscape Administration Fund, which is distributed to the Hills & Fleurieu Regional Landscape Board (“the Board”) and to recover this amount by way of the levy.

All properties are subject to the levy and it is collected by way of a separate rate, based on the capital value of your property. The rate is calculated to raise the same amount as the Council’s contribution to the Board (taking into account any rebates or remissions that may apply under sections 159–166 of the Local Government Act 1999).

Council does not determine how the revenue raised by the levy is to be spent. That is a matter dealt with by the Board, by reference to its Annual Business Plan.

Under the Act there are no provisions for exemptions from payment of the levy.

For more information regarding the changes please read the Landscape SA Summary or visit or telephone (08) 8391 7500.

Rate Payments

Due Dates

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

Rates are due in full on 4th September 2020 OR by instalments due on 4th September 2020, 4th December 2020, 5th March 2021, 4th June 2021.

Having difficulty paying your rates?

If you’re having (or are likely to have) difficulty meeting the due dates for payment of your rates, please contact Council’s rates team on (08) 8391 7200 before the rates fall into arrears to discuss options that may be able to assist you. Depending on your circumstances, there are short term and longer term options that may be available. Any enquiries are treated confidentially. Please complete the Rates Payment Arrangement Application form and return to Council or send an email to (including your property reference details) with an arrangement proposal.

Rates Payment Arrangement Application Form

Rates Payment Arrangement Online Application Form

Methods of Payment

Mount Barker District Council rates can be paid using the following methods:

  • Internet 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 Make cheque or Australia Post money order payable to 'Mount Barker District Council'. Mail with bottom portion of the Rate Notice to: Mount Barker District Council PO Box 54 MOUNT BARKER SA 5251. Mark cheques 'Not Negotiable'. Note Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.
  • In Person Present the Rate Notice intact to the cashier at Mount Barker Council Office, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker. Payment is acceptable by: EFTPOS, Mastercard, Visa, Cash, Cheque or Australia Post Money Order.
  • At Australia Post Take your Rate 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 via this service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Have the Rate Notice and your Credit Card handy. 1300 604 214 Your Assessment Number is on the front of your Rate Notice and call is charged at a Local Call Rate.
  • By BPAY Contact participating bank, credit union or building society to make direct payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. Biller Code: 3301 Your Reference Number is on the front of the Rate Notice.

Electronic Delivery of Rates Notice

Mount Barker District Council ratepayers can now opt to receive, pay and store quarterly rates notices electronically via EZYbill and BPAY view. To find out more click here.

Change of rates notice details required?

If your postal address or name details that appear on your rates notice need to be changed please complete the online form below:

Notification to Change Rate Notice Details (online form)

Rate Capping

A Rate Cap is to apply to eligible residential ratepayers’ principal place of residence to protect individuals against increased rates brought about by substantially increased property valuations. Council will apply a rate cap to Residential 1, Residential 2 and Primary Production properties affected by increases. Rate capping is available to eligible ratepayers for increases in general rates - 4% for pensioners and 12.5% for all ratepayers. Conditions apply.

Rate Capping 2020/21  Application Form

Rate Capping 2020/21 Application for Pensioners