Introduction of the Fire Services Levy
From 1 July 2013, the Victorian Government replaced the insurance-based fire services levy, as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Rather than contributing through insurance premiums, a property-based levy is now collected with council rates. Eligible pensioners and veterans also receive a $50 concession.
The Fire Services Property Levy funds vital life saving equipment, firefighters, staff and volunteers, training, infrastructure and community education.
All revenue collected through the Fire Services Property Levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services.