Rates are property taxes charged by local government on properties in their municipal area. You'll receive a rates bill from your local council on any property your business owns.
Rates can cover the payment of a range of services including the running of the council, roads, bridges, kerbing, parks and gardens, immunisation, libraries, community activities, tree planting and pest eradication.
The price, method of valuation and timing of rates payments is variable across councils. How much you pay depends on the value of your property.