The emergency services levy funds the provision of emergency services in South Australia and applies to all land (fixed property) and some mobile property. The money collected by the emergency services levy is placed into a dedicated fund (Community Emergency Services Fund) for the exclusive use of the emergency services including:
- Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS)
- Country Fire Service (CFS)
- State Emergency Service (SES)
- Volunteer Marine Rescue SA
- SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM)
and the rescue components of:
- Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA)
- South Australian Police Rescue
- The State Rescue Helicopter Service
For more information on how the funds are distributed please refer to the back of your Notice of Emergency Services Levy Assessment or visit safecom.sa.gov.au
The emergency services levy is administered under the following legislation:
- Emergency Services Funding Act 1998
- Emergency Services Funding (Remissions - Land) Regulations 2014
RevenueSA administers the fixed property component of the emergency services levy. Annual Notices of Emergency Services Levy Assessment are usually issued over a two month period commencing in August.
The mobile component of the emergency services levy is payable at the same time as vehicle registration fees and forms part of the registration notice. For more information about the emergency services levy on mobile property refer to the Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure on 13 10 84.
Welcome to RevenueSA’s educational video series. In this video we will outline what the emergency services levy is and what the funds are used for and where to go for further information.
What is the emergency services levy?
The emergency services levy is a levy on all real property and mobile property for funding emergency services across South Australia.
The mobile property component is included as part of your vehicle registration. RevenueSA administers the emergency services levy on real property.
What is the emergency services levy used for?
The money collected by the emergency services levy is placed into a dedicated fund, the Community Emergency Services Fund, exclusively for the funding of emergency services in South Australia and its related activities, such as prevention.
By paying your emergency services levy you are helping fund the operations of the Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service and State Emergency Service, this includes the cost of new buildings, fire appliances, tankers and other vehicles and equipment used to fight fires, conduct rescue operations and assist with response and recovery operations for natural disaster events like floods and storms.
Funding is also provided towards the emergency services activities of other government agencies such as the South Australia Police for items such as its response to emergency situations and rescue operations, the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources for its bushfire management operations, and the Special Operations Team used for high-risk rescue of the South Australian Ambulance Service.
The State Rescue Helicopter also receives funding towards its emergency services operations.
Non government organisations such as Volunteer Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving South Australia receive funding towards their emergency service operations and infrastructure needs, and the cost of the fixed and rotary wing aerial shark patrol for our metropolitan beaches during the summer months is also met from the Community Emergency Services Fund.
For further information on how the funds are distributed, please see safecom.sa.gov.au
That brings us to the end of this educational video. If you require any additional assistance please contact us.
When contacting us please provide your ownership number or assessment number. You can find these numbers on your Emergency Services Levy notice.
|online||complete an emergency services levy query form|
|For general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org|
For enquiries regarding Single Farming Enterprises and Contiguous Land: PSAssessment@sa.gov.au
|phone||(08) 8226 3750, select option 1|
|fax||(08) 8207 2100|
|post||GPO Box 1647, Adelaide SA 5001|
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