Environment and public transport levies provide vital funds for projects that protect and enhance the Sunshine Coast region


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

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

The environment, transport, and arts & heritage levies provide vital funds for projects that protect and enhance the Sunshine Coast region. Details of other levies are contained in council's 2022/23 Revenue Statement.

Environment Levy

The annual Environment Levy in accordance with council's Environment Levy Policy, will:

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

The 2022/23 levy remains at $80 per rateable land.

Transport Levy

The annual Transport Levy helps council plan for future transport needs. In accordance with Council's Transport Levy Policy, the levy funds projects that play a key role in:

  • improving public transport
  • improving road and rail infrastructure.

The 2022/23 levy is $45 per rateable land.

Arts & Heritage Levy

The Arts & Heritage Levy funds arts and cultural heritage projects, in line with the goals and strategies endorsed within the Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan 2021-2031, the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038, in accordance with Council's Arts & Heritage Levy Policy.

The 2022/23 levy is $16 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 (Annual Contributions) Amendment Regulation 2022. 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 2022/23 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.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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