Finance Officer - Rates

Employment Details
Date Added: 17-May-2023
Closing Date: 31-May-2023 04:00 PM

Finance Officer - Rates

Part-time position for 12 months fixed term (FTE 0.6)

Possible 1-3 months extension

$75,404 - $76,707 per year + Superannuation, pro rata FTE 0.6


The Town of Cottesloe is seeking an enthusiastic, confident and experienced Rates Officer to fulfil the duties as described in the Position Description below:

Position Description - Finance Officer - Rates

About the Opportunity 

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Rates Officer to join Town of Cottesloe. This role is responsible for accurately and efficiently maintaining the Town’s property and rating database. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

  • Maintaining the Town’s rating database in line with current legislation, including change of ownership, address change, bin requests, and any other duties as requested

  • Maintaining and monitoring all payment arrangements

  • Maintaining and administering all Pensioner/Senior records and requirements. Including processing rate concessions for pensioners and preparing rebate claims on a regular basis

  • Ensuring the timely processing of interim rates to ensure rates revenue is recognised

  • Ensuring all rate notices are issued in a timely and accurate manner

  • Assisting with the review of overdue rates and debt collection

  • Assisting with VGO notification of all new property development

  • Maintaining the Town’s owner and electoral roll

  • Investigate, resolve and respond to customer requests relating to rates

  • Managing journals and file maintenance

  • Research and investigative duties as directed

  • Provide advice, support and information to internal and external stakeholders

  • Any other duties consistent with the level of this position


Location and Hours 

This position is a part-time position for 12 months fixed term, working Monday to Friday, 45.6 hours per fortnight (FTE0.6).

Selection Criteria 


  • Knowledge of computerised accounting systems and Microsoft Office products

  • Developed interpersonal skills

  • Developed verbal and written communication skills

  • Developed organisational and time management skills



  • Exposure to Authority (Civica)


Appointment Criteria

  • Current National Police Clearance (within six months)

  • Pre-employment Medical Clearance

  • Evidence of Australian working rights

  • Evidence of Qualifications (as relevant)


The Town of Cottesloe

The Town is located in one of WA’s premier coastal suburbs. Within the historic and picturesque grounds of the Cottesloe Civic Centre, the Town offers an excellent working environment and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

  • 22 days annual leave per year (pro rata) 

  • Generous superannuation co-contributions

  • Flexible hours of work with flexi-time options

  • Leave loading (17.5%) and Leave purchasing options

  • Generous professional development opportunities

  • Paid study leave and tuition assistance

  • Christmas shutdown (subject to CEO approval)

  • Free parking; and

  • Sustainable travel allowances.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please review the position description and submit a CV and cover letter (max 1-2 pages) detailing your relevant experience and suitability for this role addressing the selection criteria. Applications can be submitted online to the Town, by post or in person. 

Specific questions regarding the Finance Officer - Rates position may be directed to Martina Liu, Finance Manager, by email to or phone on (08) 9285 5000

Questions regarding general workplace entitlements and position eligibility criteria may be directed to Human Resources by email to or via phone on 9285 5000.

Applications for this position will close at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 31 May 2023. Please note that the Town of Cottesloe reserves the right to interview applicants and rescind or close this advertisement prior to this date. If you are interested in this position, we highly recommend you apply as soon as possible. 

The Town of Cottesloe is an Equal Opportunity employer and committed to diversity and inclusion within all practices. Applications for this position are encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, people of all ages, sexualities and genders. 


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