Media Release – December 10, 2015
The Volunteer Fire Fighters Association (VFFA) congratulates the NSW State Government on the news that an Emergency Services Property Levy will replace the current insurance based model.
Under the current system, a large portion of emergency services funding is collected using a levy placed upon insurance policies. Only property owners who hold insurance contribute to emergency services funding.
This will change under the new system that will be implemented from July 2017. All property owners will pay the levy, not just those who hold insurance.
This is a much fairer system of collecting funds for firefighting and state emergency services in NSW, it will spread the financial burden of the emergency services levy, and means that the majority of property owners will pay less.
The VFFA President, Brian Williams said “The VFFA has supported a change to the emergency service levy since it was first muted in 2012. We ran a four-page article in the Summer Edition of the 2012 VFFA magazine highlighting the need for change. We are delighted that a fairer and more transparent system will be introduced”.
For more information, please contact:
VFFA President, Brian Williams on (02) 4567 0216 or
VFFA Vice President, Mick Holton on 0428 985 468
Additional Information about the Emergency Services Levy
We have included a range of links below. You are most welcome to submit a comment below. All appropriate comments will be considered for publishing.
VFFA Media Release
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(a) VFFA Welcomes Review of Rural Fire Service Levy – June 17, 2012 (click HERE)
(b) The VFFA Welcomes Reform of Funding for NSW Emergency Services – August 6, 2012 (click HERE)
(c) The VFFA Magazine, Summer Edition 2012 (click HERE). You can scroll through the pages or use the download link.
ABC News Article
(a) NSW homeowners better off under new emergency levy, Treasurer Glady Berejiklian – ABC News (click logo)