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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)?

This is a levy that the State Government charges to fund the cost of our emergency services agencies. The Fire and Emergency Services Levy will continue to be collected via insurance policies until the NSW Government has completed its review of the policy. You can find out more information about the FESL by visiting the State Government's website. Alternatively, you can contact the State Government on 1300 78 78 72 or email them at  

What's happening with the FESL? 

The introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be deferred. The existing Emergency Services Levy will remain on insurance policies. 

What does this mean for me?

There will be no change to your current situation. The existing ESL will remain on insurance policies and you will continue to fund the fire and emergency services agencies via this Levy.

What's the timing?

The FESL was due to be implemented on rates notices from July this year. It will not appear on rates notices and the Emergency Services Levy will continue to be charged as part of your insurance policies. 

Why the change?

The Government wants to ensure that property owners - especially small and medium business - do not face an unreasonable burden funding our fire and emergency services.

Is there a danger I'll be charged twice?

No. Councils will not levy the Fire and Emergency Services Levy and the arrangements for paying the current insurance based Emergency Services Levy will continue. 

I haven't received my rates instalment notice?

The fourth instalment will be sent in April 2017. It can take up to 10 days for the rates notices to be received especially during a school and public holiday periods. If you haven’t received your rates notice by Monday 8 May 2017, please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 9952 8222 for further assistance. 

The pension rebate is not showing up on my instalment notice? 

The pension rebate (if applied) only appears on your first instalment notice and although will not show on your following notices it will be automatically deducted from the total amount. Therefore it will not show on your second, third or fourth instalment notice. 

The pension rebate is not showing up on my initial rate notice? 

This means that the pension rebate is not currently being applied to your rates. Please check that your pension card is current and that you are still entitled to receive the pension. If you are entitled to the pension please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 9952 8222 for further assistance. 

What is a pension rebate and am I eligible to receive one? 

Eligible pensioners are entitled to a rebate of up to 50% of their combined rates and domestic waste charges, up to a maximum of $250. For more information on the pension rebate and eligibility please click here.

Why are there interest charges on my rates? 

Interest is charged on a daily basis against any rates and charges that remain outstanding after the due date of each instalment. 

What is the calculation of interest on my rates? 

Interest is charged on a daily basis at the current rate of 8% p.a. for 2016/17. The rate is set by the Minister for Local Government and may change from year to year. 

The interest charges on my rates in under $5.00 can it be waived? 

Once the interest is charged it will usually not be waived. However, if Council has contributed to the late payment of the rates by Council’s actions or inactions interest may be waived? A request for a waiver should be made in writing (email is OK). 

I am paying my rates online/over the phone and it won't recognise or accept my Customer Reference Number?

Please ensure you enter all seven (7) digits of your Customer Reference No. including all the zeros (0). If your customer reference number is displayed as less than seven (7) digits, please add zeros to the start of the number until there are seven digits. 

I have received a text message saying my rates are due but I haven't received my instalment notice via email yet? 

Instalment notices were sent via email from Friday 21 April 2017. If you have not received your instalment notice by Friday 28 April 2017, please check your junk mail folder. Your instalment notice would have come from ‘City of Ryde’. 

How do I pay my rates? 

You can pay your rates in a number of ways. To view a list of payment options click here.

What is the credit card surcharge?

The merchant fee differs for each payment method. The maximum charge for our merchant fees is just under 1% of the total amount. 

How do I change my address for the rates instalment notice? 

You can change your address online by clicking here

How do I get my rates instalment notices emailed to me?

To register to receive your rates via email please click here.

Can I organise direct debit for my rates?

Direct debit is not available for payment of rates notices, however BPAY and BPAY View® is available. You may be able to set up scheduled payments in BPAY. All you have to do is Contact your participating Bank, Credit Union or Building Society to set up a payment schedule and to make this payment directly from your savings, cheque or credit account. You will need to quote the Biller Code (5330) and the 7 digit Customer Reference Number shown on the front of your rate notice. Please note this can only be set up for rates payments only. 

For more information on how BPAY View® work click here.

Can I get an instalment notice mailed to my agent and emailed to me?

No, only one instalment is issued per property address regardless of how it is nominated to be received. 


Last updated on 27 June 2017