Fire and Emergency Services Levy
It isn't new. It's just fairer
What you need to know about the FESL
The reform will be a fairer way of raising the money that supports our fire and emergency services and volunteers. Previously only insured property owners contributed directly to the fire and emergency services. Under the FESL, all property owners will contribute.
The reform will also help reduce the high levels of underinsurance across the State. NSW currently has the highest rate of non-insurance of all states. Removal of the old ESL from insurance policies will help make insurance more affordable, allowing people to protect their properties from fire, floods, storms and other natural disasters.
Revenue raised from the FESL will go to the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW. The reform will be budget neutral and will not in any way adversely impact funding to these agencies.
A significant majority of fully-insured residential property owners are expected to be better off under the FESL, with an average saving of around $47 per year. Discounts will also be available for pensioners.
I own a house. I live there or someone else does.
Commercial property owner
I own land used for retail, business or office purposes.
I rent the home I live in or premises I work in.
Industrial property owner
I own land that is used for manufacturing, processing or storage purposes.
I own land which council classifies as farmland.
I do not fit into any of the other categories.