I thought this might be useful for people. We come under Unley Council and have had our first rates (council tax) for our house since we bought it.
As far as I can see it goes on the value of your property and our property is valued at $450,000 by the Valuer General (although we actually paid more than this for the house) and our rates for the year are $1076.65 (£498 on today's exchange rate) which have to be paid on a quarterly basis.
This seems good value compared to the UK, as we used to pay £960.00 for our 2 bedroom maisonette in Nottingham.
It does say in the enclosed information that 'The Valuer General has taken account of the performance of the property market in the past 12 months. The value of residential properties increased by an average of 21%'.
I have previously wrote another thread about the excellent service I received when I contacted Unley Council and asked for a tree to be cut back, pot holes to be filled in and some graffiti removed and it was all done in 2 days.
If you are renting, you do not pay rates, the owners pay it.