From 1 July 2017, 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.
The FESL will be calculated according to two factors depending on the classification of property as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial, vacant or public benefit:
After receiving your land classification notice, you may ask Council for a review where you believe the classification is incorrect.