The Fire Services Property Levy rate will be overhauled to make the charge simpler and more consistent — and reflect the establishment of Fire Rescue Victoria.
Earlier this month, the Victorian Government announced the levy would be frozen at this year’s collection level for next financial year as a measure designed to support Victorians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the new system, property owners will no longer pay higher contributions depending on the location of their property.
From July, all residential properties in Victoria will see a fall in their FSPL rate, while all other properties in the old CFA districts will either see no increase, or a decrease in their rate.
The fixed levy will be indexed in accordance with the legislation.
The FSPL equips the state's fire services with the tools and resources necessary to keep Victorians safe from fire.
A family home in regional Victoria will see a small fall in the FSPL, from around $141 to $137.
Non-residential properties in the old MFB area will see a modest increase in the levy — with an extra $1 per week for a typical small business, through to about an extra $15.50 per week for a $10 million commercial property.
The changes recognise the establishment of Fire Rescue Victoria and the changing nature of population growth across Victoria.
Fire Rescue Victoria will start on July 1, bringing together all MFB and CFA career firefighters with MFB staff and some CFA staff to create an organisation that will serve Melbourne and major regional centres.