Kingston District Council, South East, South Australia

Council Rates

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

Rating Review

In 2016 Council undertook a comprehensive review of its method of rating to ensure rating equity across the district.  The outcome of this review was Council’s adoption of a new rating policy which moved away from rating based on locality, to rating based on land use. Council also determined through the review that a differential rate would be applied as follows:

  • In recognition of the importance of ‘Primary Production’ to the district, a differential rate for ‘Primary Production’ was set at a reduced amount being 80% of the declared ‘Residential’ rate. 
  • To encourage the development of ‘Vacant Land’, a differential rate for ‘Vacant Land’ was set at an increased amount being 115% of the declared ‘Residential’ rate.
  • To protect the community from significant rate increases due to large valuation changes or other unforeseen circumstances, a ‘rate capping’ to a maximum increase on rates of 10% will apply (with exclusion circumstances as detailled in Council's 'Rating Policy (FA018)')

How Your Rates are Calculated

At its meeting on 23 June 2017, the Council decided to raise $3,451,902 rate revenue in a total revenue budget of $6,011,618. As a result, Council will apply the following rates in the dollar for the differential land use categories:

$0.3670 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (a) (Residential).

Commercial (Shop, Office, Other)
$0.3670 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of categories (b) (Commercial – Shop), (c) (Commercial – Office) and (d) (Commercial – Other).

Industrial (Light, Other)
$0.3670 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of categories (e) (Industry – Light) and (f) (Industry – Other).

Primary Production|
$0.2936 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (g) (Primary Production).

Vacant Land
$0.4221 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (h) (Vacant Land).

$0.3670 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (i) (Other).

Marina Berth
$0.3670 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (j) (Marina Berth).

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 $557.50 will be applied across the Council district i.e. every rateable property will pay at least this much.

Council will apply a maximum increase of 10% will apply to all assessments within the Council area on the general rates liability in accordance with Council’s Rating Policy (exclusion circumstances apply).

The ‘rate capping’ provision aims to provide relief to those ratepayers who may be unfairly affected due to the change to the basis of rating (implementation of ‘land use’ based rating), and to minimise significant rate increases where volatile valuation movements have occurred.

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 $243.00 for each unoccupied property unit and $363.50 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 connecting roads as detailed in Council's 'Mobile Garbage Bin Collection & Disposal Service Polic (E1008). 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 $169.50 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. In 2017/18, the SE NRM Levy will be based on 'Local Government Land Use'. The following land use levies are applicable:

  • $75.50 for Residential, Vacant and Other
  • $115.00 for Commercial
  • $180.00 for Industrial
  • $328.50 for Primary Production

The Council is operating as a revenue collector for the South East Natural Resource Management Board. Council does not retain this revenue or determine how the revenue is spent.

Concessions on Council Rates

As of 2017/18, the $110.00 Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) concession will no longer be administered by Councils.  This concession was previously applied to eligible concession card holders as determined by the Department for Community and Social Inclusion in conjunction with SA Water, and has been replaced by the ‘Cost of Living Allowance’ administered directly to concession holders through the State Government.

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 - 2018/19(195 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 2017
1 December 2017
1 March 2018
1 June 2018

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(60 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 (0.5625%) 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 23 June 2017. 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.

Land Use Objections

Council applies differential general rates, and the SE NRM Levy, accordingly to ‘Land Use Category’.  The Council uses the Land Use categories provided by the SA Valuer-General. If you believe a land use has been incorrectly applied to your property, then an objection may be submitted to Council within 60 days of receiving notice. It is important to note that the lodgement of an objection does not change the due date for payment of rates.

To lodge an objection to land use, please submit the form below to Council.

Objection to Land Use Application Form(60 kb)

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)