Changes have been made to the Rates Rebate Scheme for the rating year beginning July 1, 2013.

  • The maximum rebate has increased from $590 to $595.
  • The income threshold has increased from $23,650 to $23,870.
  • The additional income allowance for dependants remains at $500 per dependant.

If you earned more than $23,870 (plus $500 per dependant) for the 2012-2013 tax year you could still be eligible.  Please contact the Council for more information.

Rates rebate application forms are available from the council or from

When you apply for a rates rebate, please provide:

  • Proof of income (before tax) for the tax year ended March 31, 2013.
  • Your rates notice, including your Environment Southland rates notice.
  • Proof of your partner/joint home owner’s income if she/he lives with you.

For further assistance, email the Customer Services team or phone (03) 211 1777.

Applications close on June 30, 2014.