Fire Services Levy
As part of the recommendations from the Bushfire Royal Commission, the State Government has released an options paper on funding fire services through a property based levy system. Funding for fire services in Victoria is currently collected through a levy on home insurance policies.
Yarra Ranges Council supports a property based levy to fund fire services and we believe this levy should be extended to cover emergency services more broadly.
However, as a State Government provided service for all Victorians, we believe the fire services levy must be set, collected and allocated by the State Government. The State Government’s State Revenue Office is the most appropriate body to collect the levy.
More information on Council’s position can be found in our submission to the State Government. See the 'Related Documents' on this page.
More information, including a copy of the State Government’s fire services option paper, can be found here.