NSW Emergency Services Levy Update

On 30 May 2017, the NSW Government announced that it would not proceed with its policy of funding fire and emergency services through a property levy collected by councils. The Government has decided to continue to fund these services through an ESL on property insurance premiums. 

On 20 June 2017, the Government introduced the Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 which reinstates ESL on insurance premiums from 1 July 2017. The Bill is yet to pass into law, but is expected to do so in the next week or so.

Section 30 Notice - what you need to do

The Monitor has withdrawn the Section 30 Notice which referred to the removal of the NSW ESL from insurance premiums. This notice is no longer applicable and should be removed from renewal letters and no longer provided to customers.

The Monitor has gazetted a new Section 30 Notice which requires premium comparisons to be provided with renewal invitations and renewal schedules for residential property insurance in NSW from 1 July 2017.

If you are able to provide premium comparisons for renewals from 1 July 2017, then we recommend you do so.

Further information 

The change in the NSW ESL has created many unknowns for Ensurance, our partners and customers. We continue to work through the implications and further advice will be provided in due course. If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact the Ensurance customer service team. 

PDF Download - NSW Government Media Release - FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY TO BE REVIEWED TO ENSURE FAIRNESS - (May 30th 2017)

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