City of Subiaco - How rates are calculated
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How rates are calculated

How rates are calculated

The City of Subiaco charges property owners rates to fund a wide range of services from road maintenance and graffiti management to library services and community development.

Rates notices are mailed to all property owners annually with payment due within 35 days of the date of issue. The 2015/16 rates were issued on 24 July 2015.

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Rates on properties located in urban areas in Western Australia are calculated using the gross rental value (GRV) method. A GRV is determined by the Valuer General in accordance with the Valuation of Land Act 1978 and is an assessment of the gross annual rent the property might reasonably be expected to realise if let on a tenancy.  

Council sets a rate in the dollar value and a minimum rate in the annual budget. The GRV of a property is multiplied by the rate in the dollar to determine the annual rate amount subject to a minimum rate. The minimum rate ensures that all property owners make a fair contribution to the provision of services to the community.

The 2015/16 rate in the dollar is 0.0525045.

The minimum rate is $780.

The fire and emergency services rate in the dollar is 0.0123. This rate is set by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Register for e-rates

You now have the option of receiving your e-rates via email, rather than by post.

To declare your interest in receiving e-rates, register via the e-rates registration page, located at

Additional charges

A separate charge is levied for waste collection and disposal (including recycling), swimming pool inspections and the special area rate applicable to all properties in the town centre zone.

Waste collection and disposal rubbish fee (including recycling)

Size of bin Fee
80L $260
120L $337
240L $505

Discounted waste collection and disposal rubbish fee (Pensioners and Commonwealth Seniors)

Size of bin Fee
80L $130
120L $168.50
240L $252.50

Visit the how to pay your rates page for information about concessions for Pensioners and Commonwealth Seniors.

Additional bin service fee

Size of bin Fee
120L $370.70
240L $555.50

Pool inspection fee

Swimming pools - Reg 53, Building Regulations 2012
State Government legislation requires the city to physically inspect all private swimming pools to ensure compliance with safety standards. Inspections are carried out on a rolling basis and a portion of the fee is levied each year. Each pool is inspected once every four years. 

Specified area rate 

A specified area rate is levied on all properties within the catchment of the Subiaco town centre zone. The purpose of the rate is to fund the marketing, promotion and business development of the central business district.

The 2015/16 specified area rate in the dollar is 0.00406065.

Change of property details

The city must be notified in writing of changes to property ownership or postal address details. Please quote the assessment number for your property from your rates notice in all correspondence.

For information about rates, contact the city on (08) 9237 9244.