I am a tenant
If you rent your home or business and insure the contents you will already be paying the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) via your insurance premiums.
From 1 July 2017, the Government will abolish the current insurance-based Emergency Services Levy and replace it with the Fire and Emergency Services Property Levy (FESL) paid by property owners alongside council rates. Most tenants do not receive a council rates notice and do not directly pay council rates.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, landlords are responsible for the payment of all rates, taxes or charges. This includes the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).
In the case of commercial properties, liability to pay the FESL is a matter for the commercial parties to negotiate, as is the case with all legislated rates, charges and taxes.
The removal of the ESL will make contents insurance more affordable for tenants.
The cost of an average residential property insurance policy is expected to be around $233 lower than would otherwise be the case as a result of the removal of the Emergency Services Levy (ESL). This will help make insurance more affordable for more people.