The rating system provides for the net funding requirements of Council's programs as stated in the Revenue Policy (located on our Fees and charges page). Any increase in the Rates is reviewed annually after considering the maximum provided under the State Government's rate pegging legislation. 

Rates are payable annually and can be paid in full or by quarterly instalments.  If paying in full, payment must be made on or before 31 August each year, and quarterly installment dates are 31st August, 30th November, 28th February and 31st May each year.

Fact Sheet on Land Values and Council Rates

The Valuer General has produced a new fact sheet on Land values and council rates. If you wish to refer to this fact sheet then please click here(PDF, 96KB) to download the fact sheet in pdf format.

Payment Options for Council Accounts

Council has many payment options for members of the public for payment of accounts and other fees and charges.

For payments made in person over the counter Council is able to accept Cash, Personal or Bank Cheques, Postal Money Orders and EFTPOS facilities utilising your Cheque, Savings or Credit Card (American Express and Diners Club cards are not accepted at this time).

Payments can be made in person at the following locations;

  • Cowra Shire Council Customer Service Centre which is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Woodstock and Gooloogong Post Offices during their usual operating hours.
  • Eftpos facilities are available at these locations. 
  • Payments can be made directly from your Savings or Cheque accounts or your credit card. Currently we are unable to offer American Express or Diners Cardholders this service.
  • If using Post please make cheques or money orders payable to Cowra Shire Council and forward to - Cowra Shire Council, Private Bag 342, Cowra NSW 2794.
  • Payments by mail can be made by Personal or Bank Cheque or Postal Money Orders only.

No EFTPOS payments can be made by post.

Credit card payments can be made over the telephone by calling 1300 276 468.

Payment can be made via the BPAY system that can be accessed through telephone banking, PC and internet services. The Assessment Number and Biller Code particulars are provided on the rate notice. Please contact your Bank / Credit Union regarding access to these facilities.

Council offers a Direct Debit Facility. This involves the ratepayer authorising Council to debit the payment amount   from their designated Bank or Credit Union Account. Click here for the Direct Debit Request Form(PDF, 199KB) and Direct Debit Service Agreement(PDF, 80KB). For further information phone (02) 6340 2028.

Water Meter Reading

Council carries out meter readings every four months to calculate water usage charges.  Water accounts consist of a water access charge and a water usage charge. For more information on your water account, contact the Water and Rates department on (02) 6340 2029.

Interest on overdue rates and charges Interest will be calculated at 9% p.a. on a daily basis using the simple interest method. The rate of interest is the rate specified by the Minister for Local Government and published in the Government Gazette. 

Section 603 Certificates

Section 603 Certificates provide confirmation of property and ownership details, including all outstanding rates and charges.  If you are thinking about purchasing a property it is advisable to obtain a Section 603 Certificate. Section 603 Certificates may be purchased at a cost.  For more information contact Customer Service on (02) 6340 2000.


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