If you own land, or are the lessee of State owned land, or the holder of Mining Leases or Claims, you are liable for the payment of rates.
Rates are a contribution that each property owner makes towards the cost of providing facilities and services in the local community. These services include roads, drainage, water and sewerage infrastructure, waste collection facilities and public facilities like parks and libraries.
Some government bodies, educational and registered charitable organisations are exempt from paying rates.
The General Rate is calculated by multiplying the rate set by Weipa Town Authority (WTA) by the unimproved value of the land set by the Department of Natural Resources.
Issue of rates
Weipa Town Authority issues rates twice a year, in July and January.
Discount on rates
A discount on General Rates will be applied if the total payable is paid in full by the discount due date. We are unable to extend the discount to payments made after the due date.
Please don’t leave payment until the due date itself, as we can’t take responsibility for the late processing of electronic payments by third parties.
Rating exemptions and remissions for charitable organisations
The policy below explains the WTA’s approach to rating exemptions and remissions for charitable organisations.
You may be eligible for a rate remission if you:
- Hold a Pensioner Concession Card, Department of Veteran Affairs Card or a Health Care Card, and
- Own and occupy a property as your principal place of residence on the 1 July; and
- Are liable for payment of rates.
If you meet this criteria, please complete and return the pension discount form below:
How to pay your rates
BPay is the preferred method of payment. Look for details on your rates notice about how to pay by BPay.
Accounts can also be paid by Bankcard, MasterCard & Visa
Credit card payments can be made by calling 07 4030 9400
Cheques, money orders, or postal notes should be made payable to Weipa Town Authority.
Payment can be made at the Weipa Town Office by cash, cheque or EFTPOS, from 8.30am-4.00pm Monday to Friday.
Please note that receipts will not be issued unless requested.
Rates Search Application Form
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Can I pay my rates in advance?
Yes, you can pay into your rates account before your rates notice is issued. Advanced payments will show as a credit balance on your notice. Please note the account must be paid in full by the due date in order to receive the discount. Any outstanding balance after the due date will accrue interest at the rate of 11%p.a. calculated daily.
I did not receive my rates notice and did not pay my rates by the due date. Can I still get the discount?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to receive the discount under any circumstances unless payment in full is received by the discount due date.
I paid by BPay on the due date, but WTA did not receive the payment until after the due date. Can I still get the discount?
No. Payment in full must be received by the discount due date. We strongly recommend that you do not leave payment until the discount due date as we can’t take responsibility for the late processing of electronic payments by third parties.
What can I do if I cannot pay by the due date?
If you are unable to pay the amount by the due date, please contact us on 4030 9400 to make a payment arrangement. Please note that interest will begin to accrue at the rate of 11%p.a. calculated daily on any amounts unpaid from the first day after the due date.
How do I let the WTA know my new address?
It is your responsibility to ensure we have the correct mailing address for all notices. Change of address notification must be in writing and can be forwarded to WTA via letter, fax or email.
I am about to sell my property and there are still rates to be paid – how is this worked out?
Your settlement agent should manage this at settlement, apportioning the rates accordingly between the buyer and seller.