Fire Services Property Levy
Prior to 1 July 2013, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority were funded by a Fire Services Levy that insurance companies applied to building and contents insurance premiums.
The amount that policyholders were charged was at the discretion of the insurance company they were insured with.
In 2013, the Victorian Government changed the way the levy was charged by introducing a new Fire Services Property Levy, which is now collected by local councils through their annual rates.
How does the levy work?
- Every Victorian property owner contributes through their council rates, or in the case of non-rateable properties, through a separate notice
- The levy is calculated based on the capital improved value of a property
- GST and stamp duty is no longer charged on the levy
- Concessions are available for holders of an eligible Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card (TPI)
- The levy rate varies for residential, industrial, commercial and primary production (farms) properties
- Separate levies are charged in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority areas in recognition of the different costs associated with funding each service
How much do I need to pay?
The Fire Services Property Levy includes a fixed charge of $104 for residential properties and $210 for non-residential properties, plus a variable charge based on your property's capital improved value listed on your rates notice.
Eligible veterans and pensioners can receive a $50 concession.
For more information
Visit the Victorian Government's Fire Services Property Levy website at www.firelevy.vic.gov.au or call 1300 300 635.