Paying your rates
Support available for financial hardship
Council understands that some individuals and businesses may experience financial hardship on a short or long-term basis. Council is committed to supporting our community through these times.
Options include payment plans, waiver of interest and legal fees or deferment of rates. This by application only and requires satisfactory evidence of financial hardship.
To have a confidential conversation with our Rates team to discuss options available to you, please call 5461 0681.
Or visit: www.centralgoldﬁelds.vic.gov.au/council-financial-support-measure
How can I pay my rate notice?
You can pay your rates online, via direct debit, in person* or by phone.
Rates can either be paid in full by 15 February, 2023 or by four instalments:
30 September, 2023
30 November, 2023
28 February, 2024
31 May, 2024
Council provides the following payment methods:
Minimum amount $20.00. Accepted cards:
Please contact our Customer Service team on 5461 0610.
Your cheque or money order can be made payable to 'Central Goldfields Shire Council' and crossed 'Not Negotiable'. If you require a receipt you should send your rate notice intact with your payment. If you don't require a receipt, please detach the bottom section of your notice and post your payment.
Payments should be mailed to: Central Goldfields Shire Council, PO Box 194, Maryborough VIC 3465
Ratepayers who choose to pay via direct debit can nominate a payment amount - weekly, fortnightly, quarterly or annually which will be deducted from your bank account.
Please note that Council’s minimum payment amount is $20.00.
To apply, simply complete the Direct Debit Request form below
Click here to view form.
Via BPay/BPay View
Payment can be made via BPay/BPay View and can be done via phone or internet banking.
The biller code and reference number are located under the 'How to Pay Your Account' information on the front of your rate notice and instalment notices next to the BPay logo.
Rates biller code: 8854
Payment can be made from your savings, cheque or credit card account.
Please contact your participating financial institution for information on how to use BPay.
Via Post Billpay
Residents can pay their rates online via the Australia Post Billpay option.
To process your payment you require your rate notice and your debit or credit card details.
The Billpay code and reference number are located above the 'How to Pay Your Account' information on the front of the rate notice next to the Billpay logo:
Billpay Code: 0711
Ref: XXXX XXX8 XX14 etc
Please note that your transaction will not be complete until POSTbillpay displays a payment confirmation page with a receipt number.
Via Australia Post Billpay – 13 18 16
Australia Post outlet opening hours may be subject to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
Please note that Australia Post complies with legal and regulatory obligations regarding privacy of personal information and that all on-line transactions will be encrypted for transmissions over the Internet.
Centrepay is a direct bill paying service available to customers who receive a Centrelink payment. Council's minimum deduction amount is $20.00 per fortnight.
Visit www.centrelink.gov.au to register or to find out more.
Council's Centrepay Reference Number is 555-054-626-B
If you are suffering financial hardship, you may be eligible for rates assistance. For further information, visit Rate Payments Assistance.
All payments of rates and charges must be received by the appropriate due date. Late or non-payment of rates will unfortunately incur an interest penalty. The current interest rate as per the Penalty Interest Act 1983 is 10%.
Failure to pay either the quarterly instalments or payment in full by the due date will result in interest being charged from the date on which each missed instalment is due.
For those ratepayers who elect to pay in full, where payment is not made by 15 February 2023, interest will be calculated as though the rates were being paid by instalments.
Any arrears shown on your rate notice need to be paid immediately as interest continues to accrue on arrears that remain outstanding.