From 1 July 2017 the NSW Government is introducing a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) which will replace the existing Emergency Services Levy (ESL) currently paid through insurance premiums up to 30 June 2017. This NSW Govt reform means all property owners will now contribute to the cost providing of emergency services across NSW, not just those with insurance premiums. The FESL contributes to the funding of Fire & Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service.
The FESL will appear as a line item on Council’s annual rates notice and will be collected on behalf of the NSW Govt. All affected property owners will receive a letter about the FESL from the NSW Govt by 30 April 2017. For further information see www.espl.nsw.gov.au or phone the FESL hotline 1300 78 78 72.