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Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue Levy

The Urban Levy Scheme was introduced in 1984 to partially fund the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.  The Scheme is administered through the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990 (the Act) which applies a levy on properties within a district and places a legal obligation on local governments to collect the levy.

From 01 January 2014, the State Government will broaden the coverage of the Urban Levy Scheme to ensure a more sustainable funding base for all emergency services. The levy was extended to include Emergency Management Queensland, recognising that all Queenslanders are at risk from a wide range of emergencies including floods, cyclones, storms as well as fire and accidents. Emergency Management Queensland operates the State Emergency Service, the emergency helicopter rescue, disaster management response and supports volunteer marine rescue services.

The Urban Levy Scheme was reformed to the Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue Levy (the Levy) and now applies to all properties within Queensland.

If you would like further information on your levy classification for your property, please contact your local council (ask to be transferred to the rates section).

If you would like further information about the levy itself, please contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

What class is my property situated?General Information About the Levy

The following documents contain information for property owners.

Important for Councils About the Levy

The following documents contain important information for Local Governments.

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