The Urban Fire Levy Scheme was introduced in 1984 to partially fund the Queensland Fire Service. Since then the Fire Service and the Levy have both evolved.
Today we have the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), one organisation with many services, working with our partners in the community to plan for and mitigate the full range of natural and other hazards we face. QFES delivers its emergency management services through the Fire and Rescue Service, Rural Fire Service Queensland and the State Emergency Service and the Emergency Management Levy remains its primary source of funding.
The Levy is established in the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 (the Act) which applies a levy on properties within levy districts. The Act places a legal obligation on local governments to administer the levy, which is collected through local government rate notices.
The Levy is applied to all Queensland property to ensure there is a sustainable funding base for our fire and emergency services and recognises that all Queenslanders are at risk from a wide range of emergencies including floods, cyclones, storms as well as fire and accidents.
The following documents contain information for property owners.
- FAQs about the Emergency Management Levy
- What class is my property situated?
- The Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990*
- The Fire and Rescue Regulation 2011*
If you require information on the levy classification specific to 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).
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*This publication was produced prior to the current government.