Fire Services Property Levy

From 1 July 2013 the Victorian Government will introduce a property based levy to fund fire fighting services in Victoria, as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

The Fire Services Property Levy will replace the existing insurance -based funding model. All property owners will pay the levy at the same time as they pay their council rates.

Under the property-based levy:

  • councils will collect the levy through rates notices on behalf of the State Government;
  • the levy will be calculated based on the capital improved value of a property;
  • the levy will consist of a fixed component plus a variable component calculated as a percentage of capital improved property values;
  • the fixed component will be $113 for residential properties and $230 for non-residential properties;
  • the variable component will differ for property types such as residential, industrial, commercial and primary production; and
  • eligible pensioners will be entitled to a $50 rebate against the Fire Services Levy for their principal place of residence.

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An online calculation tool can be found at

A Fire Services Levy Monitor has been established who has substantial powers and can investigate complaints about insurance companies.

For more information about the Monitor visit or call 1300 300 635.

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