Most property owners pay an annual levy via their council rates to help fund Victoria’s fire services.
How is the levy calculated?
The levy comprises two parts:
- A fixed charge, which increases annually based on the Consumer Price Index. The fixed charge is different for residential and non-residential properties.
- A variable rate based on:
Capital improved value is the value of the land, buildings and any other capital improvements made to the property. It is determined by the general valuation process and displayed on your council rate notice.
The levy is calculated using the following formula:
- Fixed charge + (variable rate x capital improved value ) – concession (if eligible)
Concessions and exemptions
Holders of pensioner concession cards and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Cards (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated and War Widows) receive a $50 concession on their home (principal place of residence). Only one concession applies per property per annum.
A person can also apply for an exemption from paying more than one fixed charge for a farm property that is a single farm enterprise.
The concessions and exemption must be claimed through your local council.
For more information on Victorian concessions, call the Concession Information Line on 1800 658 521.
Paying the levy
The levy is collected by your council through their rate notice.
Your council must allow you to pay the levy amount in four instalments.
Refer to your council rate notice for payment details.
You cannot object to the levy, but you can object to the valuation and the Australian Valuation Property Classification Code (AVPCC) of your property. Contact your local council for more information.
Local councils collect the levy, determine land valuations and send out annual rate notices.
We monitor councils’ performance in collecting the levy and pass the funds on to the Victorian Government.