What has changed?
On 1 July 2013, the Fire Services Levy was removed from insurance premiums and is now collected through council rates.
This means all property owners contribute to funding Victoria’s fire services, not just those with adequate insurance.
The fire levy is fairer because:
- 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 a Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card (TPI);
- the levy rate varies for residential, industrial, commercial 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.