Pursuant to Section 6.51 of the Local Government Act 1995, a late payment interest charge on outstanding rates and charges calculated at the rate of 7% will apply for the financial year ending 30 June 2022.
The late payment interest charge will apply to all current and arrears rates and charges remaining unpaid 35 days from the date of issue of the rate notice being 24 August 2021. Interest will be calculated and updated daily.
Unpaid rates and charges from previous years, (rate arrears), will also attract late payment interest charges, calculated at the rate of 7%, for as long as they remain unpaid.
If the amount shown as payable in respect of rates and charges is not paid in full, or the first instalment is not paid by the due date or you are not on an agreed Direct Debit arrangement with the City, the full amount will become overdue and may be recovered by court action (for example through a General Procedure Claim (GPC), or seizure and
sale order of goods/land).
The average cost of the general procedure claim (summons) increasing to approximately $500. If a GPC is issued against you, the default is registered by the Magistrates Court. Credit reporting agencies within Australia, have the ability to access this information and subsequently record this debt on your credit report, where they are shown for a five
year period. This information is accessed for finance/loan applications. For more information, please go to the ASIC website www.moneysmart.gov.au
The following administration fees will apply when requesting a statement of rates or a rate book confirmation letter showing the rating information.
|Current year and up to 3 prior years||$57.50|
|Current year and 4 or more prior years||$115.50|
The City of Armadale has adopted a Rates Assistance and Financial Hardship policy. If you are currently experiencing financial hardship, please contact our Rates Department on (08) 9394 5788 to discuss how we may be able to assist you. To view the Council adopted policy please go to https://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/delegations-and-council-policies#toc-4