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Fire Services Levy

From 1 July 2013 the Victorian Government requires local councils to collect a Fire Services Levy on their behalf, as part of rates notices.

Your rates notice will now include a clear list of your rates and the Victorian government Fire Services Levy. Although this levy will appear on rates notices, it is not a Council charge for Council services.

The Fire Services Levy is used to fund the Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The levy is not new, but was previously included in insurance premiums and therefore was only paid by those who had insurance cover.

The amount of the levy per ratepayer is calculated as follows:

  • a fixed component of $102 for residential properties and $205 for non-residential properties; plus
  • a variable component calculated as follows:   

Property Sector

CFA

Residential

10.9

Commercial

88.0

Industrial

132.0

Primary production

24.6

Public benefit

10.9

Vacant (excluding vacant residential land)

10.9

Eligible pensioners and veterans also receive a $50 concession.

For further information, or to read more about the Fire Services Levy, please visit firelevy.vic.gov.au.