Payment Options

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Rate payment options

1. In person

Present notice intact to the Municipal Offices, Vincent St, Ararat, during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.15pm. Payment may be made by cash or cheque made payable to Ararat Rural City Council, by credit card (Bankcard, Visa and Mastercard) or debit card (EFTPOS).

Payments can also be made at any Post Office.

2. Mail

Pay by Cheque

Detach bottom portion of account and make cheque payable to Ararat Rural City Council and mail both to P.O. Box 246, Ararat, 3377. Receipts are issued only on request. Postal delays cannot be accepted as an excuse for late payment.

3. Postbillpay

In person at any Post Office, or by phone 13 18 16. Alternatively, go to

4. Bpay

Contact your financial institution to make this payment from your cheque, savings, debit or credit card. More information at

Late payments will be charged interest. If you are having difficulty paying your rates by the due date you can contact the Rates Office to arrange alternative payments.

5. Direct Debit

Council now allows payment of current year's rates by Direct Debit payments over 9 months or 18 fortnights, interest free, commencing the last Friday of September, ending in May each year.

Call 03 5355 0209 for an application form, or download the form from Council's website at

Pensioner Rate Assistance Scheme

If you hold a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Gold Card and live at the property shown on the rate notice you may be eligible for a 50 per cent rebate (to a maximum of $213.00 for 2015/2016). To apply for a first time rebate you must produce your rates notice and concession card and fill in an application form, which is available from the Ararat Rural City Council. If you received a rebate last year and your circumstances have not changed, you will automatically be granted a rebate this year.
In 2015/2016 Council also offers a flat $88 Council Rebate for pensioners eligible to receive the State Government Concession.

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding your rates please contact the Ararat Rural City Council on (03) 5355 0200.