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Guidelines for Insurance Intermedaries arranging Insurances with Unauthorised Foreign Insurers on Transition to the Fire Services Property Levy

Although the Fire Service Property Levy Act 2012 comes into effect from 1 July 2013 some provisions of the current MFB and CFA Acts will continue to ensure final Statutory Returns (including adjustments) and contribution payments can be carried out. The purpose of this advice is to provide your organisation with details of how this legislation affects the lodgement of Returns during the transition period under Section 44A of the MFB Act (s44A) and Section 80A of the CFA Act (s80A).

The Victorian Fire Services, in consultation with its stakeholders have determined and agreed the following with regards to the lodgement of returns under s44A and s80A (Returns):-

Returns will be required and contributions paid:

  • In relation to premiums received from property owners up to and including 30 November 2013 for premiums which are subject to contribution under the MFB and CFA regulations where the policy of insurance transaction has an effective/attachment date prior to 1 July 2013. This equally applies to refund of statutory contributions.
  • That lodgement of such Returns by the insurance intermediary shall be submitted to the Victorian fire services by no later than 16 December 2013.

Returns will not be required to be lodged and contributions no longer applied:-

  • In relation to any premium subject to contribution for a policy of insurance with an effective/attachment date of 1 July 2013 or later regardless of when the premium transaction is processed or premium received.
  • Any premium subject to contribution where premiums are received from the property owner or cancellation refunds paid after 30 November 2013 for insurance with an effective/attachment date prior to 1 July 2013.

A reminder that it is a requirement under the MFB and CFA regulations that all s44A and s80A Returns must be lodged and contributions paid within 14 days of the premium being received from the property owner. The contribution rate on which contributions are to be calculated is the rate applicable when the premium transaction subject to contribution is effective or attaches. These rates are available on both the MFB and CFA websites.

Processing of premium transactions and collection of premium should be conducted in an effective and efficient manner. Any delays in this process will be examined and require explanation and justification.

For your information, details of the Fire Service Property Levy can be located on the Victorian Department of Finance and Treasury website www.dtf.vic.gov.au/firelevy.

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