Fire & Emergency Services Levy

In 2017 the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system for collecting the levy that helps fund our communities fire & emergency services.

From 1 July 2017 a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be paid by all property owners alongside council rates which will be collected by local councils.

The FESL will replace the Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) that is currently collected as part of all property based insurance policies. From this date, insurance companies will no longer collect the levy as part of property insurance premiums, and therefore insurance premiums will be lower, allowing more people to be able to afford to insure their homes and businesses.

The reform will mean the burden of funding these services will no longer fall only on those with property insurance, but all landowners. The vast majority of insured residential property owners will be better off under the FESL.

Please refer to the FESL website for further information: