About Council Rates

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley adopted its
2023/2024 Budget at the Special Ordinary Meeting of Council on 17 August 2023. 

The Rates Information Flyer is available here.

Budget Overview

Each year local governments in Western Australia must prepare an annual budget in the format prescribed by the Local Government Act 1995. The general rates for the financial year are determined by Council on the basis of raising the revenue required to meet the deficiency between the total estimated expenditure proposed in the budget and the estimated revenue to be received from all sources other than rates.

The Shire continues to maximise grant opportunities from State and Federal Government and leverage as much income as possible from sources other than rates. Alternative funding sources reduce the amount required to be levied from rates and ensures the best value for money for ratepayers.

In preparing the draft budget, officers have used the Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting documents such as the Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Plan and various Asset Management Plans previously adopted by Council to prioritise budget submissions and new initiatives.

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley 2023/24 Budget can be found here.

When to pay

*Please contact the Shire to arrange instalments or if you are having difficulties making the payment dates.

Instalment Option Payment Due Date 
Rate Notice Issue Date 1 September 2023
Fully Payment  6 October 2023

Two Instalment Option

First Instalment

Second and Final Instalment

6 October 2023

12 January 2024

Four Payment Option

First Instalment

Second Instalment

Third Instalment

Fourth and Final Instalment

6 October 2023

8 December 2023

9 February 2024

12 April 2024

Council adopted an interest rate of 5.5% where the owner has elected to pay rates and service charges through an instalment option.

Council adopted an instalment administration charge where the owner has elected to pay rates (and service charges) through an instalment option of $15 for each instalment after the initial instalment is paid.

Council offers a discount of 1.5% to rate payers on general rates only, on the condition that all rates (including Rubbish Rates & ESL Levy) and all arrears are paid in full on or before 21 days from date of issue.

Council adopted an interest rate of 7% for rates (and service charges) and costs of proceedings to recover such charges that remain unpaid after becoming due and payable.

Council adopted to impose and administration fee of $54.00 on any ratepayers who wishes to negotiate a rates special payment arrangement.

Have you changed your address?

If you have recently changed your postal address, or other contact details, please email the changes to sdwk@sdwk.wa.gov.au

Please notify your change of address even if you have a postal redirection order in place, as the Shire receives no advice of this from Australia Post.

Register for e-Rates

You can now receive your rate notices via email. To register for this service please email rates@sdwk.wa.gov.au – quoting your assessment number and email address.

Your Rates Explained

Wondering how your rates are calculated? Wondering what makes rates go up? Visit the website here for more information.