Fire services levy
The Victorian Government’s Fire Services Property Levy is collected with your Council rates.
All revenue collected goes directly to the State Government to help support Victoria’s fire services.
Previously, fire services were funded by contributions made by the insurance industry and the State Government. Collection through Council rates ensures that Victorian property owners pay a fair contribution to fire services and are not penalised for adequately insuring their property.
Calculate your Fire Services Property Levy
Visit the State Government website to calculate your Fire Services Property Levy.
The Fire Services Property Levy consists of a fixed component plus a variable component calculated as a percentage of capital improved property value. The fixed component for the 2016-2017 rating period is $105 for residential properties and $213 for non-residential properties.
Separate levies are charged in Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority areas, recognising the different costs associated with funding each service.
Councils collect the levy through rates on behalf of the State Government.
Eligible pensioners are entitled to a $50 rebate against the Fire Services Property Levy for their principal place of residence.
If a pensioner currently receives a rate concession rebate, they automatically receive the $50 concession on the Fire Services Property Levy.
For further information on Victorian concessions call the Concessions Information Line on 1800 658 521.
Further information and enquiries
The Fire Services Property Levy is a Victorian Government tax that is being collected by local Councils to fund the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services. Visit Fire Services Property Levy for further details.
Fire Services Property Levy enquiry form
If you require further information, you can complete our online enquiry form and a Council officer will get back to you within 4 working days. Please provide as much detail as you can.