How to Pay my Rates or Utility Notice
Council offers a variety of payment options to pay rates and water charges:
||Contact your participating financial institution to make payment from your Cheque, Savings or Credit Card Account. Please use the BPay Biller Code and Reference number shown on the notice
||Click here to pay online using your credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
||In person at any post office (incl Dalveen & Leyburn), phone 13 18 16 or go to www.postbillpay.com.au
||Phone Council during business hours to make a payment using your credit card
||Tear off the deposit slip and mail with payment to Southern Downs Regional Council, PO Box 26, WARWICK Q 4370
You can arrange direct debit with specified amounts taken from your nominated account at your nominated frequency. Please download and submit a Direct Debit Request Form (PDF 324.2KB).
The Dishonour Fee is $34.00 per dishonored transaction for the 21/22 Financial Year. Please note a Direct Debit Payment Method does not constitute an approved Payment Agreement.
||Cash, cheque, money order or credit card at any Council office.
EFTPOS facilities are available for the payment of rates at the Council Administration Offices, with Visa & MasterCard credit cards being accepted. At this stage, American Express is not accepted.
Council accepts all Centrepay deductions from Centrelink. Centrepay is a free direct bill-paying service offered to customers receiving payments from Centrelink. Through Centrepay you can choose to pay bills by having a regular amount deducted from your Centrelink payment. A Centrepay deduction can be set up a number of ways:
- online using your Centrelink online account through myGov;
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app on your mobile device;
- at a service centre with help from Centrelink staff; or
- by calling Centrelink on your regular payment number.
From 30 September 2018 Centrelink will not process a SA325 Centrepay deduciton form.
Council's Centrepay Reference Number (CRN) is: 555 097 915K.
The Account Number is the Property ID of your property. You should locate this number on the rate notice.
Payments in advance
Council will accept rate payments in advance towards a future rate notice. Ratepayers can make regular or ad hoc payments towards their property rate account prior to the notice being issued which reduces the total amount of the notice to be paid. This may mean a smaller payment is required to receive a discount or maybe no additional payment at all.
If the payments in advance are not enough to cover the notice in full or at least the first instalment on an annual rates notice by the due date, an additional payment may be required or the ratepayer may need to apply for a payment agreement.
Payments in advance can be made using any of the payment methods outlined above.
Need more time to pay?
If you are having difficulty paying your rate account by the due date, Council can offer a suitable Payment Agreement to pay by instalments over a period of time to ease immediate financial burden.
Ratepayers who are suffering genuine hardship may wish to apply for relief by the way of deferral of all interest charges and legal recovery from the date of the application until 30 June of the current financial year.