About Your Rates

Your rates contribute to the delivery of more than 200 products and community services to our diverse and ever changing community.

Find out more in our A-Z of City of Melville Services, an annual guide we release with notes on the forthcoming budget and information on the comprehensive products and services that your rates help fund.

Example rates notice for City of Melville

How to Read Your Rates Notice

1. Early Payment Due Date

Full payment needs to be received by the City of Melville by this date to be eligible for the Rates Prize Draw.

2. Gross Rental Value (GRV)

Set by the Valuer Generals Office, this is a conservative estimate of the amount the property could be rented for in one year (if rented). To dispute this value visit Rates Appeals or Disputes.

3. Rate in the Dollar

Set by the City of Melville, this is the 'Cents per dollar' of GRV that the City charges in rates (more details below).

4. City of Melville Charges

All relevant charges will be listed in the middle section of your rate notice. See below 'Additional Service Charges' for additional details on these charges.

5. State Government Charges

The City collects some charges on behalf of the State Government. See below 'Additional Service Charges' for additional details on these charges.

6. Amount Due

Total amount due by the due date with varying payment options

7. Quartely Instalment Dates

To pay by instalments, the first instalment must be paid by the first instalment date.

8. Payment Methods 

Information on various payment methods available. This section also includes your unique eNotices reference number and BPay View number, which you need if you want to sign up for paperless rates.

Payment Dates

Payment dates for you 2018-2019 rates are listed below:

  • Issue date: 23 July 2018
  • Early payment: 14 August 2018
  • 1st Instalment: 28 August 2018
  • 2nd Instalment: 30 October 2019
  • 3rd Instalment: 4 January 2019
  • 4th Instalment: 7 March 2019

Paperless Rates/Electronic Rates

Ratepayers can sign-up to receive rate notices and installment reminders by email via eNotices or online via BPay View.


Through eNotices you can elect to have your rates notices and installment reminders delivered direct to your inbox.

To register, visit our eNotices page and select the 'sign up' tab. You will need your eNotices Reference Number found on your last or current rates notice to register.

Sign up for eNotices

BPay View

Through BPay View, you can nominate to have your rates notice and instalment reminders sent via your online bank account.

To register, log-on to your online bank account and select BPay View in your settings.

Register using the assessment number, biller code and reference number shown on your last or current rates notice.

Paperless Rates Prize Draw

Sign up to receive your rates via eNotices or BPay View by Tuesday, 28 August 2018 and you will be entered into the draw to win one of 12 prizes!

Full prize draw details and terms and conditions can be found on our Rates Prize Draw Page.

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How Your Rates Are Calculated

Each property is individually assessed by the Valuer Generals Office once every three years to determine its Gross Rental Value (GRV), which is the yearly rent the property would be expected to receive. Where a property is vacant, the GRV is calculated as 3% of the market value of the land.

The City of Melville then sets the the Rate in the Dollar, a charge to maintain the City's services set as part of the yearly budget process, which is applied uniformly to all households.

A combination of the two result in your rates charges: Your rates = GRV x Rate in Dollar

Pensioners and seniors rebates

Pensioners and seniors are eligible for rebates. Visit our Pensioner and Seniors Rebates page for more information.

Additional Service Charges

Your total rates amount will also include flat rate fees that are not affected by your Gross Rental Value.

For more information, click on the tabs below.

Security and Surveillance Fee

All properties are charged the property surveillance and security charge, which covers a range of programs and services to improve neighbourhood amenity including our Community Safety Service (CSS).

What does the property surveillance and security levy cover?

The levy finances the Community Safety Service (CSS), a highly visible, 24-hour mobile patrol service, acting as extra eyes and ears for the community and police and helping us achieve our shared vision of a Safer Melville. 

The Community Safety Service observes, monitors and reports suspicious behaviour to police, conducts holiday watch patrols for residents at no extra costs, and does a lot of behind-the-scenes to help improve the safety and security of your local neighbourhood. They also assist during storms, natural disasters or other community safety issues.

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Why do I pay for it when I only own vacant land?

The property surveillance and security charge covers a range of programs and services to improve neighbourhood amenity. These include the reporting of graffiti and community development programs for groups such as at-risk youth and the elderly. The aim is to improve overall safety and security, to make Melville a great place to live. This helps to maintain property values for owners.

Vacant land can also be damaged, have material dumped without authorisation, or people may congregate and cause a nuisance. In addition, vacant land may be under construction. The Community Safety Service observes and reports any problems spotted on vacant land or construction sites, which is important as the lot is generally unoccupied.

Pool Levy and Inspection Fees

Houses with pools and spas are charged inspection fees. Houses with decommissioned pools or spas are not charged.

Why am I billed for owning a pool?

The City of Melville is committed to assisting pool owners to keep their pool safe by providing a service that includes inspection and advice on pool safety and the legislative obligations.

If you receive a charge for a pool levy and you dont have a pool (sometimes a pool has been removed), please contact our pools officer.

Will my pool be inspected each year?

The legislative requirement is that each pool is inspected every four years and brought into compliance. The City of Melville strategy is to complete inspections on 25 percent of all pools within the City each year. The annual pool levy charge is equal to one quarter of the cost of providing this service for each home.

Additional inspections, such as when purchasing a property, are available upon request on a fee for service basis.

Please visit our Residential Swimming Pools and Spas page for more information.

State Government Charges - Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds WA's fire and emergency services, including career fire stations, volunteer fire brigades, State Emergency Service (SES) units, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and the multi-purpose Volunteer Emergency Service Units.

This is a levy collected by the City on behalf of Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Find out more on the DFES website.

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