What rates provide
Rates are used entirely by Local Land Services to pay for biosecurity services to landholders. This includes:
- the coordination of programs to control declared pest animals and insects, including access to baits, traps and chemicals, advice on control methods and assistance in forming groups to tackle pests
- the provision of animal health services, including animal health and drought feeding advice, diagnosis of flock and herd issues and response to emergency disease outbreaks
- the management of travelling stock reserves (TSRs), including the issue of movement permits, permits to graze or walk stock on TSRs and roads and advice about feed/water availability on TSRs
- the administration of stock identification systems, including property identification codes, brands, earmarks and compliance with the National Livestock Identification System
- the local administration of drought and other natural disaster relief
- the delivery of agricultural emergency management assistance for drought and other natural disaster relief (bushfires, floods).
Biosecurity services provide insurance against pests and disease and help maintain vital domestic and international market access for producers. Examples of biosecurity projects in the past have included outbreaks of fire ants and avian influenza, as well as statewide wild dog management programs.
Rates are not our only income
Rates are not the only source of income for Local Land Services – they make up less than a third of our funding. Rates are allocated completely to biosecurity, to provide insurance against pests, weeds and disease and to maintain vital market access for producers.
As well as rates, the NSW Government contributes funding through Catchment Action NSW, which provides on-ground programs to support biodiversity, native vegetation, threatened species and Aboriginal cultural heritage initiatives.
The Australian Government also contributes funding through the National Landcare Programme, which helps drive sustainable agriculture, as well as supporting the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Australia’s natural environment.
Paying your rates
Rates are levied for 1 January to 31 December each year. In 2017, rates will be posted on 10 and 11 April and be due for payment by 18 May 2017. The preferred payment methods are:
- Online - by selecting “I want to make a payment” from the home page of this website.
- BPay – telephone and internet banking.
- By phone – call 1300 738 070 to pay by MasterCard or Visa.
You can also post a cheque or money order with the remittance slip on your rates notice.
Credit card surcharge
A 0.40% surcharge applies to rates paid by credit card to cover merchant fees. There is no surcharge for payments by cash, cheque or BPAY.
Interest will be charged on overdue rates. If you expect to have difficulty paying your rates by the due date, talk to the staff at your nearest Local Land Services office.