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Why am I being charged an Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on my premium?
We began to remove ESL from insurance premiums during the 2016-2017 financial year. However, on 30 May 2017 the NSW State Government announced the deferral of the introduction of ESL (or the “FESL”) on council rates (therefore deferring the removal of the ESL from insurance premiums). As a result, we began to reintroduce ESL charges on relevant insurance premiums in late 2017.
Customers may find their total premium is higher than last year due to the reintroduction of ESL.
This levy is also charged by other insurers in NSW however each insurer decides its own rate for ESL. The money contributed by insurers is used by the NSW State Government to fund vital emergency services.