Rates discount, rebates and exemptions

Learn about the discount, rebates and exemptions offered on rate accounts, including our early payment discount and pensioner rebates.

Discount and interest

Council offers eligible ratepayers an early payment discount to encourage payment of rates by the due date. The discount is available to properties in Categories 1 and 10 up to a maximum of $60 per annum.

If the full amount outstanding is not paid within 30 days of issue, interest is charged on the unpaid amount.

The early payment discount amount and interest rate are set out in the budget at the end of each financial year. For more information, refer to Council’s Resolution of Rates and Charges.

Rates capping

Rates capping ensures a cap of 7.5% on annual general rates increases for owner occupied residential properties.


Council offers:

  • Pensioner Rebate of up to 40% to eligible applicants
  • Not-For-Profit General Rate Rebate for eligible not-for-profit organisations providing welfare and community support, kindergartens and providers established to provide affordable housing in the Brisbane local government area
  • Bushland Preservation Rebate for all properties subject to a Voluntary Conservation Agreement or a Land for Wildlife Agreement.


Council charges a Rate Account and Services Establishment Fee to establish a new rate account when a property transfers ownership. You can apply for exemption from this fee if you meet certain criteria.

We also offer a General Rate Exemption for properties used for public, religious, charitable or educational purposes.

More information

View Council's budget for 2023-24.

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