The South Australian Government provides a range of household concessions for eligible South Australians. Concessions are available only on the principal place of residence.
Cost of Living Concession
The Cost of Living Concession is available to assist those on low or fixed income to help with the cost of living expenses such as electricity, water, gas, medical bills and/or council rates.
To check your eligibility, contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DSCI) Concessions Hotline 1800 307 758 or visit www.sa.gov.au/concessions.
The Local Government Act requires Councils to rebate the rates payable on some land. Specific provisions are made pursuant to Section 161 and 166 for land used for health services, community services, religious purposes, public cemeteries, and educational institutions. This rebate is not applicable to rateable properties owned or managed by community groups holding a licence pursuant to the Liquor Licensing Act 1992.
Council also provides some rebates of rates to developers as incentives to encourage continuing building activity and land development in the City. These are in relation to developments in excess of $1,000,000 being eligible for concession up to 50% of the rate paid in the year following completion.
Also subdivision development including strata and community title developments can be eligible for up to 50% rate rebate on unsold new allotments.
Council Policy 7.63.8 Rates Consession Scheme for Developments provides further information in relation to these incentives.
Section 152 of the Local Government Act states that if two or more pieces of contiguous rateable land are owned by the same owner and occupied by the same occupier, only one fixed charge may be imposed against the whole of the land.
If you want to request that only one fixed charge be applied to your land please complete the 7-69-T29 Adjoining Property Application Form and forward to Council.
Section 182 of the Local Government Act permits the Council, on the application of a ratepayer, to partially or wholly remit rates or to postpone rates, on the basis of hardship. Where a ratepayer is suffering hardship in paying rates he/she is invited to contact Council's Rates Officer on 8621 2316 to discuss the matter. All enquiries are treated confidentially.
In assessing each application Council will give consideration to the following: