The Nhulunbuy Corporation collects rates to help fund the growing number of public services delivered to ratepayers and residents, and the infrastructure needed to enhance the lifestyle of our town. Around a half of the Corporation’s revenue comes from rates.
The Nhulunbuy Corporation issues rate notices in January by mail each year. Nhulunbuy’s rating year commences 1 January and concludes 31 December each year.
In 2016, payments can be made:
- 29 February – Full Payment or 1st instalment
- 1 August – 2nd and final instalment
If the first instalment amount is not paid by 29 February 2016, a fee of $35.70 is applied.
How are my rates calculated?
The Nhulunbuy Corporation uses an equity-based system to charge rates. Generally, the principle is that higher value properties pay a higher share of rates. All rates are calculated based on the Unimproved Capital Value (UCV) of a property which is determined through a valuation process every three years. The UCV is then multiplied by the Rate in the Dollar. For example:
Unimproved Capital Value of a property is $300,000
Rate in the Dollar is 0.019382 (including GST).
$300,000 x 0.019382 = $5,814.60 (General Rate)
How is the rate in the dollar determined?
The Rate in the Dollar is determined by dividing the total rate revenue required to fund the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s projected operating budget by the total Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable properties in the town.
What are my rates used for?
The Nhulunbuy Corporation needs to charge rates to raise revenue so we can provide services and infrastructure to the community. Each year as part of the budget process, we decide the rates and charges for the financial year. The level of rates that sub-lease holders must pay is at the discretion of the Corporation with approval granted by the Board of Directors.
- Rates are not reflective of the services used by any particular property but contribute to the whole community’s use of Nhulunbuy Corporation services just like the taxes paid to the Australian Government contribute to a range of government activities.
- Rates funds are used to maintain, improve and provide services and facilities for Nhulunbuy, Gove Airport and the Industrial Estate.
- Rates are a tax that is usually based on the values of properties.
- Being a tax the rates paid may not relate directly to the services, infrastructure or facilities used by each ratepayer (eg not all ratepayers will use parks, the Nhulunbuy Aquatic Centre or cycle paths) and it is not possible for many services to be charged out on an individual basis (eg walkway lighting).
- However all residents and businesses in the town make use of our services, infrastructure or facilities at some point in time regardless of where they live (eg driving on roads, using parking space, putting rubbish in a public bin, benefitting from walkway lighting).
What are the Rubbish Service Charge and the Tip Levy?
A Rubbish Service Charge is applied to all properties where a kerbside waste collection service is available, including vacant land.
A Tip Levy Charge is applied to all commercial and industrial properties.
The revenue from these charges is used to provide kerbside collection at residential properties, waste management services and to maintain the Gove Peninsula Waste Management Facility.
Ratepayers who are not in a position to settle their rate account in full or in two instalments due to hardship are encouraged to contact the Property Officer on 08 8939 2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a payment agreement with the Nhulunbuy Corporation.
Pensioner and carer rebates
Eligible pensioner and carers are entitled to a concession on rates which must be paid in full to the Nhulunbuy Corporation first. Eligible ratepayers can then contact the Pension and Carers Concession Scheme to obtain a refund.
For more information visit NT Pension and Concession Schemes.