Rates discounts, rebates and exemptions

Learn about the discount, rebates and exemptions Brisbane City Council offers on rate accounts, including our early payment discount, first home owner, pensioner, owner-occupier, rate capping and bushland preservation rebates. We're helping lower the cost of living through a range of rates rebates for those who need it most.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, additional rebates are being offered in the 2020-21 financial year, including a Special COVID-19 Rebate for the first two quarters and a one-off $250 JobSeeker Rebate for eligible applicants.

Council also offers a rebate for some not-for profit organisations and exemption for properties used for public, religious, charitable or educational purposes.


Council offers eligible ratepayers an early payment discount to encourage payment of rates within 30 days. The discount is available to properties rated in Categories 1 and 10 up to a maximum of $60 per annum.

If the full amount is not paid within 30 days of issue, interest is charged on the unpaid amount at 8.53% per annum, compounding daily.

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.


Council offers:

  • a Special COVID-19 Rebate in the first two quarters of 2020-21 to deliver a six month rate freeze
  • a one-off $250 JobSeeker Rebate where a ratepayer has received a Commonwealth Government JobSeeker Payment in 2020-21 and meets all other eligibility criteria
  • First Home Owner Rebate of 50% up to $1000 over a 12 month period to eligible applicants or 100% up to $2000 for new builds with a build completion date on or after 1 October 2020
  • Pensioner Rebate of up to 40% to eligible applicants
  • Not-For-Profit General Rate Rebate for organisations providing welfare and community support to residents of Brisbane
  • Bushland Preservation Rebate for all properties subject to a Voluntary Conservation Agreement or a Wildlife Protection Order
  • an Owner-Occupier Rebate which ensures a cap of 7.5% on annual general rates increases for owner-occupied residential properties  
  • a General Rates Rebate which ensures a cap of 10% on annual general rates increases for properties in categories 16 and 17.


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 general rates exemption for properties used for public, religious, charitable or educational purposes.

More information

View Council's budget for 2020-21.

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Last updated:8 October 2020