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Fire and Emergency Services Levy

Publish on 10 Apr 2017 All suburbs Airds, Ambarvale, Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Claymore, Denham Court, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights, Mount Annan, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville, Wedderburn, Woodbine,

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system for funding our community's fire and emergency services.

The NSW Government announced on 30 May 2017 the indefinite deferral of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy’s introduction – FESL will now not proceed from 1 July. Updates will be provided as they become available.


The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) currently paid on insurance policies will be replaced with the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), which will be paid alongside council rates. This change will see all properties, not just insured properties, directly contribute to the cost of supporting the work of Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service in protecting the community from fire, flood, storms and other natural disasters. 

Property owners will be notified in July of their FESL contribution as part of their council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties. Like council rates, the FESL may be paid annually or quarterly, and the amount to be paid will, in part, depend on a property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant. 

Notification of land classifications will be distributed to all property owners across Campbelltown City in early April. The land value used for your rates will be one of the factors used to calculate the FESL component of your rates notice. 

Council is required, under the new legislation, to pass on the full amount of the FESL paid by ratepayers alongside their rates to the Office of State Revenue on a quarterly basis. 

Learn more about the change and have your frequently asked questions answered here.

Questions about the reform?
Contact NSW Treasury on 1300 787 872 or visit

Questions about changes to your insurance premium?
Contact the insurance monitor on 1300 607 723 or visit

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