The NSW Government has deferred the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL). Funding for our fire and emergency services agencies will now continue to be sourced from a levy on insurers – the Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

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

Read the media release

Fire and Emergency Services Levy Act 2017

Emergency Services Levy Act 2017

More information

Any queries regarding the ESL on insurance policies or the conduct of insurance companies can be directed to the Insurance Monitor.
Ph: 1300 607 723
Email: [email protected]
Or visit Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor 

Any queries regarding insurer and council contributions to the ESL can be directed to the Property Levies Team at Revenue NSW
Ph: 1300 139 817
Email: [email protected]
Or visit www.revenue.nsw.gov.au


Last updated: 04/02/2021