State Government Fire Services Property Levy
On 1 July 2013 the State Government introduced a Fire Services Property Levy to fund the State’s fire services. The levy replaces the old insurance-based funding model.
The levy is collected through Council rates, which means that all property owners contribute to funding Victoria’s fire services, not just those with adequate insurance.
Who collects the levy?
The system requires Councils to collect the levy on behalf of the State Government, as part of Council’s annual rates process.
The levy is applied to land and buildings, including those owned by Council, however the levy is not Council revenue; it is transferred directly to the State Government.
Property owners who receive a concession on their Council rates also receive a $50 discount from the total levy amount.
The State Government’s Fire Services Property Levy website has a levy calculator which helps you calculate how much you will pay.