Fire and emergency services levy

The Fire and Emergency Services Levy is imposed to cover costs associated with all fire and emergency services for the ACT, the levy is charged on all rateable properties  in the ACT.

The amount payable for the Fire and Emergency Levy commencing 1 July 2020 for properties in the ACT are detailed in your Rates Assessment Notice.

The amount payable will be frozen at the 2019-20 rate, the calculations are as follows:

Residential and Rural properties: Fixed Charge $344

Commercial properties: AUV x Marginal Rates see table below

Average Unimproved Value (AUV) of your property

Rating factor (%) valuation charge

Less than or equal to $300,000

0.6815% of the AUV of the property

$300,001 - $2,000,000

$2,044.50 plus 0.8029% of the part of  the AUV that is more than $300,000

More than $2,000,000

$15,693.80 plus 0.8342% of the part of  the AUV that is more than $2,000,000

Use the calculator below to get an estimate of the amount you owe for the Fire and Emergency Levy. You can also use it to calculate an estimate on your rates and land tax.

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Reference Material

Further information on the Fire and Emergency Levy is available at Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable - Rates) Determination 2020  (No 2) – DI2020-210.


Pensioners eligible for a rates rebate will receive a rebate on the levy capped at $98.