Fire Services Property Levy
Since 1 July 2013, at the direction of the State Government, Victorian Councils have administered and collected the State-imposed Fire Services Property Levy.
Following a recommendation of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, the State Government changed the way it collects revenue to pay for fire fighting services. Residents no longer pay for a fire services levy through their property insurance. Instead, a separate charge for this State Government tax is included on property owners' rates notice.
Victorian councils are required to collect the fire services levy on behalf of State Government, through their annual rates notices, and forward this to the State Government.
The Fire Services Property Levy is listed as a separate item on your rates notice, and you're able to pay it in four instalments with your rates payments.
A fixed charge of $113 for residential and $230 for non-residential properties applies for the 2020/21 year, as well as a variable cost.
The variable cost is calculated depending on the type of property you own, its capital improved value (CIV) and which fire service covers your area. Click here to read the variable levy rates for 2020/21.