From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a fairer system for funding our community’s fire and emergency services. At present, these services are funded by a levy on insurance, which will be removed from 1 July. From this time, all properties, not just insured properties, will directly contribute to the cost of these services through the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).
The FESL will be paid alongside your council rates. You will be notified in July of your FESL contribution as part of your council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties. Like council rates, you may pay the FESL annually or quarterly.
The FESL paid will, in part, depend on your property’s classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant.