Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) and will move immediately to reintroduce the insurance-based Emergency Services Levy.

Questions and Answers

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