Fire and Emergency Services Levy

It isn't new. It's just fairer

The NSW Government will introduce a fairer system for collecting the levy that helps fund our community’s fire and emergency services.
From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance policies and replace it with a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) paid alongside council rates.

What you need to know about the FESL

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system to fund NSW fire and emergency services which will move NSW into line with other mainland states.

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.

Your Questions Answered

Professor Allan Fels explains the role of the Insurance Monitor

Your Questions Answered

Is there a risk I will pay twice and should I ask for a refund? How much will I pay? How do I know the insurance sector will pass on the savings? For the answer to this, and many more common questions about the FESL, please click on the link below.
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