Financial Hardship Policy

Rate Payment and Financial Hardship Policy (90kb)

Department: Finance

Purpose

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, Council levies Rates and Charges on rateable land to provide for services to the community. The City of Casey recognises there are cases for genuine financial hardship requiring respect and compassion in particular circumstances.

This policy sets out the processes for the Council to collect Rates on Rated Property, in particular where property owners are subject to some sort of financial difficulty. This policy updates Council’s current debt collection procedure for Rates and is to be applied in a manner which both preserves Council’s revenue requirements, whilst taking into consideration the financial hardship of some property owners. It sets out the process to be adopted where a property owner asserts they are unable to make payment of rates.