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Rates explained

What do rates pay for? 

Rates make up the majority of the City's revenue. 

Rates help pay for more than 100 different community services and programs. These include the Fremantle Arts Centre, the library and toy library, Fremantle Leisure Centre, festivals and events, waste collection, environmental services, infrastructure maintenance, sporting and recreation facilities, community safety, customer service, street cleaning and so much more.

How are rates calculated?

The 2023/24 rates booklet explains how rates are calculated and applied, what can make them go up and the effect of property values.

This video also explains how rates are calculated:

Why have overall average rates increased in 2023/24?

Fremantle has gone through a period of investment that has attracted new residents, businesses, and hospitality venues.

The City is now increasing its focus on improving aging infrastructure, addressing cost pressures and ensuring the City can remain competitive when attracting and retaining the level of staff that met the needs of Fremantle.

By focusing on fundamentals such as roads, footpaths, drainage and proactive building maintenance, the City is backing the previous investment in Fremantle that has helped drive growth in the city and suburbs.

COVID also disrupted the City’s revenue streams and international inflationary pressures in recent years have increased costs.

The 2023/24 Budget begins addressing the amount of revenue required to adequately renew Fremantle’s $450 million of assets while funding new and ongoing projects.

When are rates notices issued?

The City expects to issue rates notices in late July via the mail and electronically.

Why are there separate differential rate categories?

The City applies differential rates by taking into account the levels of services provided to different types of properties, the cost of providing services to certain types of properties, as well as the need to encourage certain types of activities in the city.

Our categories are:

  • Residential improved
  • Residential vacant
  • Commercial and industrial general
  • Commercial and industrial vacant
  • City centre commercial
  • Residential short-term accommodation

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