How much land do I need to own before I need to pay rates?
If you own land holdings of 10 square kilometres (1,000 hectares or 2,471 acres) or more in the rateable area, you will receive an annual rates notice from the Dog Fence Board.
Do I still need to pay rates if I don’t have livestock?
Yes. Rates apply to all land holdings of 10 square kilometres (1,000 hectares or 2,471 acres) or more in the rateable area, regardless of who owns the land or what the land is used for.
How much will I have to pay in the new rateable area?
If you own between 10 square kilometres and 144 square kilometres in the new rateable area, you will pay the minimum rate of $245 per year.
If you own 145 square kilometres or more in the new rateable area, you will be charged a rate of $1.70 per square kilometre. If for example, you owned 250 square kilometres, you will pay $425 per year.
How much will I have to pay in the current rateable area?
Landowners with 10 square kilometres or more in the current rateable area will continue to pay the same rate they have since the 2019/20 rates year. This rate is $2 per square kilometre with a minimum rate of $475.
The Dog Fence Board have committed to maintaining this rate for the life of the current Dog Fence Rebuild Project. After the 2023/24 rates year, the Board’s proposal will reduce rates for current ratepayers, with all ratepayers (current and new) paying equal rates.
What will my rates be used for?
Rates will contribute to the rebuild of the remaining 550 kilometres of fence and then to the Board’s long-term, ongoing fence replacement program.
Every dollar the Dog Fence Board receive in rates is matched by the South Australian Government.