• Last updated:
  • 28 Nov 2021

Rates contain levies set by council and/or the state government. They are:

  • Environment Levy
  • Transport Levy
  • Heritage Levy
  • State Emergency Management Levy
  • Rural Fire Levy.

The environment, transport, and heritage levies provide vital funds for projects that protect and enhance the Sunshine Coast region. Details of other levies are contained in council's2021/22 Revenue Statement.

Environment Levy

Council applies the Environment Levy annually. In 2021/22 the levy is $80 per rateable land. The levy:

  • supports the implementation of projects in the Environment and Liveability Strategy
  • protects and enhances our natural environment
  • supports purchase and management of conservation lands, catchment and coastal rehabilitation projects.

Transport Levy

The annual Transport Levyhelps council plan for future transport needs. In 2021/22 the levy remains at $44 per rateable land. The levy funds projects that play a key role in:

  • improving public transport
  • improving road and rail infrastructure.

Heritage Levy

The Heritage Levy aims to raise awareness of local heritage and to celebrate Sunshine Coast's cultural heritage. The Cultural Heritage Reference Group gives advice to council on the importance of items selected.  In 2021/22 the levy remains at $13 per rateable land.

Emergency Management Levy

Council is required to collect this levy in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.

The levy set this financial year is in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2021. The revenue is sent to the state government. It provides for the prevention of, and responses to, fires and other emergency incidents.

Rural Fire Charge

The Rural Fire Charge assists Rural Fire Boards. The Overall Plan is Appendix 3 in the 2021/22 Revenue Statement. All funds raised from this special charge are forward to the Rural Fire Brigade Group. Council charges those considered to benefit, or have special access to, the service, facility or activity supplied.


For more details or assistance contact council.