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Email Link   Deferral of Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

The NSW Government has deferred the introduction of the revised Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).

This has been done to ensure property owners - especially small to medium businesses - do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services.

In the majority of cases across NSW, fully insured people would be better off under the new system.

However it had become clear that some fully insured businesses were facing unintended consequences.

The State Government has listened to the concerns of the community and will take the time to get this reform right.

Further information is available at: (external link)

Deferral Next Steps FAQs

What's happening with the FESL?

The introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be deferred. The existing Emergency Services Levy will remain on insurance policies.

What does this mean for me?

There will be no change to your current situation. The existing ESL will remain on insurance policies and you will continue to fund the fire and emergency services agencies via this Levy.

What's the timing?

The FESL was due to be implemented on rates notices issued from July this year. It will now not appear on rates notices and the Emergency Services Levy will continue to be charged as part of your insurance policies.

Why the change?

The Government wants to ensure that property owners – especially small and medium businesses – do not face an unreasonable burden funding our fire and emergency services.

Is there a danger I’ll be charged twice?

No. Councils will not levy the Fire and Emergency Services Levy and the arrangements for paying the current insurance based Emergency Services Levy will continue.

Where can I get further information?

As information is made available it will be published on (external link)

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