The way emergency and fire services are funded in NSW is changing. From 1 July 2017 the existing insurance-based funding system will be replaced by a levy to be paid by property owners, collected alongside Council rates. Previously the funds were only collected if individuals and businesses had property insurance however now it is compulsory for all property owners.
This is not a levy from Council. The State Government is ensuring councils across NSW collect the funds which are then paid to the State Government. The levy supports 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.
Lane Cove ratepayers will find a classification for their property in the April rate notice which will arrive shortly. Those who have paid their rates upfront for this financial year will also receive a classification letter.
When the State Government releases the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) rate at the end of April 2017, this will include the rate for each classification of property. This will then determine the levy that is included on the first instalment rate notice for July 2017. The amount will show the total for the 2017/18 financial year – this can be paid quarterly or annually.
Council will include updated information and links to the FESL Calculator once released. In the meantime the below information is available:
Find out More: Frequently Asked Questions
Home Owner: Frequently Asked Questions
Commercial Property Owner: Frequently Asked Questions
FESL Review Application Form
Visit www.fesl.nsw.gov.au for additional information or call 1300 78 78 72.