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Published on 31 October 2014

The Victorian Government is amending the Fire Services Property Levy Act 2012, with key changes to the land use classifications of residential investment properties, golf courses and other outdoor sporting grounds.

The proposed changes will take effect from 1 July 2014, for the 2014-15 financial year.

As detailed in a media release on 4 February 2014, the changes affect:

  • Residential investment properties, which will be reallocated from the commercial to residential land use classification of the levy,
  • Outdoor sporting grounds that have a degree of commercial application (such as non-member playing fees, restaurants, conference/reception facilities), which will be reallocated from the commercial to the public benefit land use classification,
  • Water catchments that are part of water authority infrastructure, which will be reallocated from the industrial to public benefit land use classification, and
  • Commercial and industrial vacant land with buildings that add no value, which will be reallocated to vacant land use classification.

This information has been distributed to all local governments in Victoria.

Please contact the SRO on 13 21 61 for further information.