Fire Services Property Levy
The State Government has directed all Victorian Councils including Frankston City to collect the Fire Services Property Levy from 1 July 2013. Charges increase annually as advised by the State Government.
Although this levy appears on rates notices, it is not a Council charge for Council services. It replaced the fire services levy charged by insurance companies in your home insurance premiums.
This levy helps fund the cost of operating the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and is a recommendation of the Victorian bushfires Commission. This includes emergency response, fire prevention planning, personnel training, infrastructure and equipment.
Ratepayers will see the Fire Services Property Levy listed as a separate item on the Annual Rate Notice.
The State Government has now increased the residential component of the Fire Service Levy by over 30%.
This Levy is not a revenue-raiser for councils and will not be included in council's budget. Once collected by Council the levy is paid directly to the State Government and the levy is also determined by the State Government.
We have also included some frequently asked questions and answers below or you can contact the Revenue Office (SRO) directly on 132 161.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Fire Service Levy
What is the Fire Service Levy?
The Fire Services Levy is a charge passed on from insurance companies to policy holders to contribute to the cost of operating the Melbourne Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority.
How is the levy changing?
From 1 July 2013, a Fire Services Property Levy will come into effect. Under this levy, people with insurance against fire will no longer pay a levy through their premiums.
Instead, all property owners, even those who are uninsured, will pay a new property-based level with their Council rates.
Fire Services Property Levy on their council rates notices from the 2013-14 year and will appear on future rate notices.
Why is the levy changing?
The new Fire Services Property Levy is being delivered by the State Government as part of recommendations made by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission found that the current system was inequitable, lacked transparency and discouraged some owners from insuring, or fully insuring, their property due to the additional cost the levy imposed on premiums.
When will insurance companies stop charging a fire services levy?
Any insurance policy with a start or renewal date on or after 1 July 2013 should not include a fire services levy.
If you are concerned that your insurance premium includes a Fire Services Levy, please contact the Fire Services Levy Monitor.
What is the Fire Services Levy Monitor?
The Fire Services Levy Monitor is an independent regulator that monitors the insurance industry to make certain that insurers do not inappropriately charge consumers the Fire Services Levy.
Contact Information on the Fire Services Levy
State Revenue Office
P. 13 21 61
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
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