What is the levy?
From 1 July 2013, the Fire Services Levy was removed from insurance premiums.
This is now collected through council rates which mean that all property owners contribute to funding Victoria’s fire services, not just those with adequate insurance.
Under the Fire Services Property Levy:
- 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 are no longer charged on the levy;
- concessions are now 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, vacant, public benefit 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;
- the Victorian Government continues to make a direct contribution to fund the fire services.
Consumer Affairs Victoria protects consumers and makes sure insurers genuinely pass on savings to customers.
Please contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 if you believe your insurance company has charged a fire services levy on your insurance policy after 30 June 2013.