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Hardship

Are you experiencing financial hardship?

Council has provisions in place to help owner-occupiers who are experiencing difficulty paying rates.

For the 2021-2022 year Council has introduced a $35 rate rebate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship.

This has been introduced in recognition that the rate increase (an average of $32 per household in Warrnambool) may create a financial burden.

If you are a current holder of a
Low Income Health Card Card
click here to apply for the $35 rate rebate

Please Note: To be eligible for this rebate your must hold a current LOW INCOME Health Care Card identified by the "LI" at the end of the "Card Start Date" as shown in the example below

ALTERNATIVELY

If you are an owner-occupier and are experiencing genuine financial hardship and wish to apply for assistance (deferral, arrangement, $35 rebate)

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Alternatively, people can also contact Council's Revenue Branch on 5559 4800. 

An experienced staff member will be able to confidentially discuss and assist with arranging a personalised payment plan.

What is financial hardship?

This is a situation in which people are experiencing a lack of financial means, which may be either ongoing or temporary. Some common causes of financial hardship are, but not limited to; loss of employment, family violence or breakdown, illness of the debtor or family member or death.

Council is seeking to assist home owner-occupiers who have a genuine need for financial assistance by offering:

  • $35 rate rebate

Additional financial assistance includes:

  • Deferral of payment
  • Repayment arrangements

The following information may also be of assistance:

Free financial counselling assistance can also be obtained by visiting:

Bethany Community Support Warrnambool
Bayside Plaza
Ground Floor
24/36 Fairy Street
Warrnambool Vic 3280
Tel: 1300 510 439

 

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