Brisbane City Council offers a number of rates rebates, including JobSeeker, pensioner, owner-occupier, and not-for-profit rebates.
Helping residents reduce their household expenses and keep more money in their back pocket is another way we’re making Brisbane better.
Pensioners are entitled to a rebate on the rates for their principal place of residence. There are two types of pensioner rebates available:
- maximum rebate is available to people on a full pension, or
- part rebate is available to people on an allowance/benefit or a part pension.
To be eligible, applicants must meet specific criteria.
For more information, including the policy, visit Pensioner Rebates.
Rate capping is granted on general rates for owner-occupiers of residential properties (categories 1 and 10) and for non-residential/commercial properties (categories 16 and 17).
This rebate caps any increase on general rates to a maximum of 7.5% for categories 1, 10 and 12.5% for categories 16 and 17 (based on the previous year's net general rates). This means that if the general rates increase is more than the applicable capping amount, Council will grant the amount greater than the cap as a rebate.
You do not need to apply to receive this rebate. Once owner-occupier status is recorded or a property is included in either category 16 or 17, rate capping is automatically applied.
The following additional conditions apply to the rebate in the case of Categories 1 and 10:
- the owner of the land (or if there is more than one owner, at least one of the owners) must live permanently on the land
- the concession does not apply to any land held in the name of a trust or company.
For more information about eligibility criteria for this rebate, refer to the Resolution of Rates and Charges in Council's Budget documents.
Owner-occupier multi-residential (single family) premises
Residential owners who have no more than two self-contained dwellings on a single assessment may apply to have their property rated within residential rating category 1 Owner-Occupier (which receives rate capping).
For more information, download the Owner-occupier multi-residential (single family) premises application (PDF - 125kb).
Land covered by a Voluntary Conservation Agreement or a Land for Wildlife Agreement is exempt from Council's Bushland Preservation Levy. Before land can be covered by an agreement, it must go through a formal process of landowner consultation and independent assessment.
The Bushland Preservation Rebate is automatically applied to eligible owners' rate accounts, no application is required. For more information about entering one of these agreements, contact Council on 3403 8888.
General rates exemptions
If a property is used for public, religious, charitable or educational purposes it may be eligible for exemption from paying general rates.
More information about eligibility criteria for exemptions can be found in the Resolution of Rates and Charges in the budget section.
Application for a general rates exemption must be submitted in writing on letterhead for the relevant organisation, and signed by an authorised signatory. The letter must include the following information:
- contact name and number
- address of property
- rate account number
- identification of the category and type of organisation
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- visiting Council
- mail to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4000.
Not-for-profit general rate rebate - Community, welfare or eligible kindergartens
In 2021/22, Council is offering a partial rebate of 50% of general rates to certain not-for-profit organisations that provide or support essential welfare or community services to the residents of Brisbane.
We are also offering 100% rebate on most rates and charges to eligible not-for-profit kindergartens.
To be eligible, applicants must comply with all criteria set out in the online Rate Account Rebate Application form and provide all required supporting documentation.
Alternatively, applicants can download the Not-for-profit Organisations - Partial Rate Remission Scheme Application (PDF - 136kb) or the Not-for-Profit Organisations - Partial Rebate Scheme Application - Kindergartens (PDF - 105kb).
Further information about the rebates can be found in the:
- Partial Rebate of General Rates (Not-for-profit Organisations) Policy (PDF - 99kb)
- Partial Rebate of Rates and Charges (Not-for-profit Kindergartens) Policy (PDF - 95kb)
Or you can view Council's Resolution of Rates and Charges.