Rates in Local Government - Debt Collection

Rates in Local Government - Debt Collection


This course is designed to provide a good understanding of the requirement to collect outstanding Rates and Charges in a timely manner.

Participants will study:
  • the various options , as outlined in the Local Government Act 1995, which can be used to recover outstanding Rates debts - including, but not limited to, legal action
  • the solicitor’s role in providing legal opinions (eg: eligibility for rates exemption), or assisting in more complex debt recovery actions
  • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and apply knowledge gained to practical scenarios; to resolve common problems associated with the collection of overdue debts; and to meet and share ideas with other Local Government Rates Officers.

Target Audience

Rates Officers
Senior Finance Officer *

*or other Officers who supervises the Rates Officer

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, you will have a greater understanding of:
  • how to properly record overdue Rates accounts
  • liaising with tenants of rental properties; using rent payments to clear the Landlord’s Rates debt commencing legal action through the Court system with a Claim
  • continuing legal action if the Claim is served, but remains unsatisified
  • lodging Caveats
  • how to find Ratepayers who do not respond to requests for payment
  • ascertaining the best course of action for debt recovery, especially when the Ratepayer has left the last known address


9:00am - 4:30pm


$578.00 (Incl GST) - Face-to-face at WALGA

Cancellations, transfers and substitutions
  • Requested must be received in writing via email, letter or fax.
  • Cancellations received within 5 working days of the start of the course will incur a 20% administration fee of the full course cost.
  • Non-attendance or cancellations received within 2 working days of the start of the course will incur the full course fee.
  • Participants can only transfer course dates once without incurring the full fee.
  • Substitutions can be made at any time and no fee will be incurred.
Rates in Local Government - Debt Collection
  • Monday, 15 November 2021
  • Registration from 8:30AM
  • WALGA Office
    L1/170 Railway Parade
    West Leederville
  • $578.00 (incl GST)
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