Fire & Emergency Services Levy

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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.

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.

Discounts will also be available for pensioners.


Learn more about the levy

The NSW Government Fire and Emergency Services Levy frequently asked questions page details all you need to know about the levy.

How much will I pay?

Calculate how much your levy will be with the Fire and Emergency Services Levy Calculator. 

Need to know more?
Contact NSW Treasury on 1300 787 872 or visit 

Questions about changes to your insurance premium?
Contact the insurance monitor on 1300 607 723 or visit

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