Kingston District Council, South East, South Australia

Council Rates

How your rates are calculated
Service Charge
Natural Resource Management Levy
Rate Concessions
Payment of rates
Methods of Payment
Valuation Objections
Voters Roll Entitlement

How Your Rates are Calculated

At its meeting on 17 June 2016, the Council decided to raise $3,218,174 rate revenue in a total revenue budget of $6,102,275. Differential general rates will apply to all land classified as being used for primary production on the basis that such land tends to be remote from many of the services provided by council, does not receive a waste management service, does not have footpaths or street lighting and is often served by unsealed, rather than sealed roads. The Council has adopted the following rates in the dollar for the areas specified below:

  • 0.3575 cents in the dollar for rateable properties within the township of Kingston, Rosetown and Cape Jaffa
  • 0.2920 cents in the dollar for rateable properties within the Rural Living Zone (RuL) abutting the township of Kingston, as in accordance with Maps King/12, King/14, King/15, King/16, King/18, King/20, King/21, King/23 and King/24 of Councils Development Plan
  • 0.2711 cents in the dollar for rateable properties within the remainder of the Council district.

Generally, the amount of rates payable is determined by multiplying the relevant rate in the dollar and the capital value of the property. However, a minimum rate of $521.00 will be applied across the Council district i.e. every rateable property will pay at least this much.

The Council utilises differential rating based on locality to address rating equity across the Council district, which is based on the services and infrastructure provided in each rating locality.

Service Charge

Septic Tank Effluent Drainage Scheme (Section 155 of the Act)

The Council provides a septic tank effluent disposal system to defined properties in Kingston. The Council recovers the cost of operating and maintaining this service through a service charge of $239.00 for each unoccupied property unit and $357.50 for each occupied property unit. Where the service is provided to non-rateable land, a service charge is levied against the land.

Mobile Garbage Bins (Section 155 of the Act)

The Council provides a kerbside mobile garbage bin collection and disposal service across the township, Rosetown, Kingston South, Wyomi, Pinks Beach, Cape Jaffa and other select rural areas, the detail is available from the Council office. Where the service is provided to non-rateable properties, a service charge is to be levied against the land. The Mobile Bin Service Charge levied by Council is $254.50 for each mobile garbage service provided to the property.

Natural Resource Management Levy

The Council is in the South East Region on the Natural Resource Management Framework and is required under the Natural Resource Management Act to collect the NRM levy on behalf of the South East Natural Resource Management Board. The SE NRM Board has adopted a revised Annual Business Plan which outlines a significant increase to Council's contribution and levy rates. The land based levy has previously been a fixed charge per rateable property across the Council area. In 2016/17, the SE NRM Levy will be based on 'Local Government Land Use'. The following indicative land use levies have been provided to Council:

  • $72.10 for Residential, Vacant and Other
  • $137.50 for Commercial
  • $161.70 for Industrial
  • $298.80 for Primary Production

The Council is operating as a revenue collector for the South East Natural Resource Management Board in this regard and although allowed by legislation to charge for this service, in the interests of minimising impact on ratepayers has elected not to charge a collection fee. Council does not retain this revenue or determine how the revenue is spent.

Concessions on Council Rates

In June 2014 the Commonwealth Government cut funding to the State Government for concessions on Council rates. During the 2014/15 year the State Government contuinued to make available concessions on Council rates, but announced that these concessions would cease as of 30 June 2015. The concession on Council rates has been replaced by the 'Cost of Living Concession', which will be administered by the State Government and issued directly to the recipient.

This means that concession card holders will no longer receive the $190 annual rate concession and self-funded retirees will no longer receive the $100 annual rate concession. Council will continue to administer the $110 CWMS concession to eligible concession card holders, as determined by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, in conjunction with SA Water.

For any questions regarding the 'Cost of Living Concession' and to check eligibility, please contact the Department for Communties and Social Inclusion Concessions Hotline directly on 1800 307 758 or go to for further information.

Council Rebates

Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999, some organisations may be eligible for a rebate. These include: non-profit community groups, health care establishments and educational organisations. For further information, phone 08 8767 2033 or email To apply for the rebate, please submit the form below to Council.

Rate Rebate Application Form 2016-2017(32 kb)

Payment of Rates

The Council in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1999, provides for the option of rates to be paid by four approximately equal instalments due on:-

1 September 2016
1 December 2016
1 March 2017
1 June 2017

In addition, the balance of rates can be paid in full at any point throughout the financial year.

 Methods of Payment

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Mailing Your Payment
Please detach the bottom portion of the Notice and return together with your cheque addressed to PO Box 321, Kingston SE SA 5275.

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Paying in Person
Payment can be made in person at the Council Office between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Cheque, Cash, Credit Card and Debit Card payments will be accepted.


Use your internet / phone banking facilities to B-Pay direct from your Account (refer to your banking institution for eligible accounts). Please quote the Biller Code and Customer Reference Numbers displayed on the front of your rate notice.

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If you have multiple properties and wish to make one lump sum payment you may process this via EFT transfer. Please email through a remittance showing each assessment number, amount you are paying and the total payment made to

BSB:      105-095
Account: 360 014 140

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Credit Card Payments
Credit Card payment can be accepted over the phone by calling the Council Office between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday on 08 8767 2033.

Direct Debit
Council now offers a Direct Debit payment option for your convenience. Application forms are available at the Council Office or via the below link. For enquiries please phone the office on 08 8767 2033.

Direct Debit Application Form(89 kb) 

Late Payment of Rates

The Local Government Act provides that Council's impose an initial fine of 2% on any payment of rates, whether by instalments or otherwise, that is received late. A payment that continues to be late is then charges a prescribed interest rate (0.6042%) on the expiration of each month that it continues to be late.

Valuation Objections

The Council has adopted the valuations made by the SA Valuer-General as provided to the Council on 19 June 2015. If you are dissatisfied with a property valuation then an objection may be made to the Valuer-General in writing, within 60 days of receiving notice of the valuation, explaining the basis for the objection - provided you have not:

  • previously received a notice of this valuation under the Local Government Act 1999, in which case the objection period of 60 days from the receipt of the first notice; or
  • previously had an objection to the valuation considered by the Valuer-General.

The address of the Valuer-General is: 
                                                               Office of the Valuer-General
                                                               GPO Box 1354
                                                               Adelaide SA 5001 
                                                               Telephone number is 1300 653 345

Alternatively, objection forms can be completed on-line at The Council has no role in this process, but does have information brochures and Objection forms available. It is important to note that the lodgement of an objection does not change the due date for payment of rates.

Voters Roll Entitlement

Ratepayers who are not enrolled on the State Electoral Roll for the Kingston District Council area and wish to vote in Council elections, need to apply for inclusion on Council’s Voters Roll.

This means that all residents not on the State Electoral Roll, including:

  • non-Australian citizens,
  • a sole owner who lives outside the area but owns property in the Council area,
  • a sole occupier who occupies property in the Council area as a tenant but does not live at the property (a non resident occupier),
  • corporate bodies, and
  • groups of persons (joint owners or owners in common),

will need to apply for voting entitlements.  Additionally, corporate bodies and groups of owners will need to nominate a designated person who will vote on their behalf.  An elector can only vote once in a Council election, so the designated person nominated by a corporate body or group should have no other voting entitlements in Kingston District Council elections.

Please contact the Council Office on 08 8767 2033 or email to discuss your entitlements.

Form 1 - Natural Person Application Form(36 kb)

Form 2 - Body Corporate Application Form(36 kb)

Form 3 - Groups Application Form(37 kb)