What is the Fire and Emergency Services Levy for?
NSW fire and emergency services, including Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and the
NSW State Emergency Service are currently funded primarily through a levy on household insurance
(called the Emergency Services Levy “ESL”). Despite these services being made available to everybody
in our community, households and businesses whom do not have insurance do not currently
contribute to these services.
Why is it changing?
Will this change how the fire and state emergency services are funded?
How will the new system be fairer?
Why does it have to be on my rates?
Does Council keep any of the levy?
When does it come into effect?
How will this affect my rates?
How can this new levy be added to my rates? We’ve been told that there is a “rate freeze” for merged councils?
Land values in the former Gosford council area are higher than in the former Wyong area. Does this mean the levy in Gosford will be higher? How is this fair?
What if I don’t agree with my classification?
I am a landlord, can I pass the levy on to my tenants?
I am a pensioner, do I get a rebate on the levy?
Do I have to pay GST on the levy?
Does it apply to every property?
What happens if I decide not to pay the new levy?
How will this impact the cost of my insurance?
How do we know the insurance sector will pass on the saving?
How will this change address the issue of underinsurance?
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