Discounts and Concessions



Discounts are allowed for early payment as detailed on your rates notice.

The full amount including any rate arrears and interest must be paid on or before the discount expiry date to receive the discount.

Electronic payments processed after the nominated Payment Cut-off Time on the due date by your financial institution or bill payment service will not be eligible to receive a discount.

Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme

Approved Pensioners are advised that application forms are now available for the State Government’s Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme for the 2019/20 financial year.

Pensioners wishing to apply for the subsidy will be required to be holders of a current

  • Centrelink – Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs PTEC card

Applicants must produce their relevant pensioner card/s at the time of lodging their application.

Previous applicants are not required to resubmit an application.

Further particulars can be obtained by contacting Balonne Shire Council on (07) 4620 8888

To apply for a Pensioner Rate Remission please complete the below form and return it to the Council Office.

Application for Pensioner Rate Subsidy (PDF)

Community Rates Support Program 2019/20

Organisations eligible for support under this program include organisations which;

  • are based in the Balonne Shire or able to demonstrate that the project, program or activity will directly benefit Balonne Shire residents;

  • are an approved charity or an incorporated not-for-profit organisation;

  • pay general rates or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges to Balonne Shire Council;

  • do not receive operational funding from the State or Federal Government;

  • have public liability insurance.

Organisations with a sport and recreation focus may receive up to 25% of their annual general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges. Organisations with a charitable or community service focus may receive up to 50% of their general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges. Note: remissions will not be granted on or for water service charges or excess water charges.

This Community Rates Support Program is additional to Council’s Community Donations, Sponsorship and Grants Program and the recently introduced Sports Incentive Program.

If you feel you are eligible and wish to apply for the Community Rates Support Program, please complete the application form enclosed and return by the closing date 17 May 2019.

Applications Received after this Closing Date will NOT be eligible for support.

All applications received by Council will be tabled at the June 2019 Council meeting. The remission of rates will normally be processed as a credit on the rate account, however, Council may refund rate payments which have already been paid.

To discuss this matter further or to obtain additional information you are encouraged to contact Administration Officer - Rates, Tarnia Porter on (07) 4620 8888.

Community Rates Support Program application form (PDF)