NIBA and ICA welcome Emergency Services Levy reform


“Great news for anyone who takes out insurance”

Insurance Business – Property

By Daniel Wood Nov 16, 2023

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The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has joined insurance industry stakeholders and welcomed the NSW Government’s decision, announced earlier today, to reform the Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

NIBA CEO Phil Kewin (pictured above) said the announcement was “a positive move towards creating a fairer and more equitable system for all.”

“The current ESL model penalises responsible home and business owners who invest in insurance to protect their assets,” said Kewin in a media release.

The release said NIBA has often highlighted the need to rectify this imbalance.

ICA congratulates NSW Government

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) “congratulated” the NSW Government for the decision.

“Today’s announcement to reform the ESL and find a fairer and more equitable way to fund emergency services is great news for anyone who takes out insurance in Australia’s largest state,” said ICA CEO Andrew Hall (pictured below) in a media release.

The release said the move “clearly demonstrates” the government understands the impact of this tax on the State’s capacity to recover from extreme weather events.

“Reforming the ESL will be a major win for insurance affordability in New South Wales, an issue that is being discussed around kitchen tables and in small businesses around the State,” said Hall.

The ICA expects an abolition of the ESL on insurance to reduce the cost of home coverages by up to 15%. The peak insurer body has campaigned for more than a decade for the removal of the tax.

Tasmania is the only other state with an emergency levy on insurance premiums. That government has also announced a process of reform.

The current ESL in NSW involves the government collecting funds from local councils and insurance companies to support the work of emergency services in NSW.


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