Rates relief

If you are having difficulty paying your rate account by the due date, contact Council to discuss available options.

If you are having difficulty paying your rate account as a result of the coronavirus, read about how we can assist or contact Council.

Independent Rates Relief Tribunal

The Independent Rates Relief Tribunal gives Brisbane City Council debt relief to ratepayers who are in significant debt. Applications are considered when ratepayers are unable to meet basic requirements, including food, clothing, medicine, accommodation and children's education. This may occur as a result of illness, long-term unemployment or death of a partner.

This relief does not apply to owners of:

  • commercial or industrial properties
  • vacant land
  • more than one property
  • multiple dwellings.

You can apply to the Tribunal once every five years. All applications are assessed confidentially and on merit. To ensure a level of independence, the Tribunal members are not Council employees.

The Tribunal may recommend various options, including making full or part payment on the applicant’s behalf.

To apply to the Tribunal or for more information about rates relief, contact Council.

Last updated:22 April 2020