Emergency Services Levy
All rateable properties will be charged an Emergency Services Levy (ESL). This is a compulsory State Government levy which is forwarded to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to fund services such as fire and rescue services, bush fire brigades and state emergency services throughout Western Australia. The State Government has determined that the amount of ESL raised for the 2019-2020 financial period will require an average 2.47 % increase. For further information please refer to the DFES website at https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au
or call 1300 136 099.
Specified Area Rates
Some properties will be charged one of the following Specified Area Rates in the 2019-2020 financial year:
Port Geographe – A specified area rate is set at 1.5719 cents in the dollar and applies to all properties within this specified area known as Port Geographe, in order to meet obligations the City has under a “Waterways Management” Deed. The rate is applied to all properties within the area of former Town Planning Scheme No.19 based upon a property's GRV.
Provence GRV & UV – A specified area rate of 1.4462 cents in the dollar in respect to rateable land within Councils GRV assessed area, and a specified area rate of 0.0143 cents in the dollar in respect to rateable land within Councils UV assessed area, within the specified area known as the Provence Subdivision (Busselton Airport North) shall apply. The purpose of this rate is to hold funds for the maintenance of the approved higher standard of landscaping with the Provence subdivision in accordance with Council policy 185/3 including future capital replacement of landscaping structures as may be required.
Vasse – A specified area rate of 1.8385 cents in the dollar in respect to rateable land within Councils GRV assessed area, within the specified area known as the Vasse (Birchfields) subdivision shall apply. The purpose of this rate is to hold funds for the maintenance of the approved higher standard of landscaping with the Vasse (Birchfields) subdivision in accordance with Council policy 185/3 including future capital replacement of landscaping structures as may be required.
Pool Inspection Fee
Some properties will be charged a swimming pool inspection fee if a swimming pool or spa is on the property. This covers the cost of conducting a compulsory pool fence inspection once every four years at your property. The 2019-2020 annual charge is $58.45.
When a pool or spa is removed then the City needs to:
- be informed in writing of its removal or decommissioning; and
- receive before and after photos. If photos can’t be provided then an inspection will need to be arranged.
Once satisfactory photos have been received or an inspection plus photos completed then this fee will be removed effective from the 1st July of the next financial year.
Further information is located at: https://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/Building-Planning/Building-Services/Swimming-Pools/My-pool-has-been-removed
Some properties will be charged one or both of the following waste service charges:
- Domestic & Commercial Weekly Waste Service - $169
- Domestic & Commercial Recycling Service - $82
Waste Infrastructure Rates
All rateable properties are subject to a waste infrastructure charge to fund significant waste infrastructure development and boost recycling activities to reduce landfill. The 2019-2020 rates in the dollar and minimum rate are:
- Unimproved Valuations – 0.00005 cents in the dollar, Minimum Rate - $49.00
- Gross Rental Valuations – 0.0001 cents in the dollar; Minimum Rate - $49.00