The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) has been under heavy scrutiny since the NSW state government postponed the transition to a property based tax in 2017. Since then, the contribution amount set by the government has continued to increase, resulting in NSW paying some of the highest premiums in Australia, behind Far North Queensland.
This year alone, policy-holders in NSW will contribute over $1.1 billion to fund the fire and emergency services.
The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has heard from its members that the levy is not understood by clients. To help brokers educate clients about the ESL and its impacts on insurance affordability NIBA has created the NSW Emergency Services Levy Hub. Here members can access factsheets to help explain the levy to their clients.
NIBA also encourages members and their clients to download our template letter and voice their concerns to their local NSW MP, details of which are also available on the NIBA ESL hub page. Insurance affordability is an issue that affects all of us, together we can ensure that our voice to government is heard.