Huge increase in Emergency Service Levy go up in 2020-21

Huge increase in Emergency Service Levy go up in 2020-21

The NSW Treasury recently released its 2019-20 Half Yearly Review for the current year as well as updating forward estimates – including for the Emergency Services Levy Contributions for next year i.e. 2020-21. In Table 3.6 of the Taxation Revenue, the Emergency Services Levy Contributions are forecast to massively increase from $898 million in 2019-20 to $1,143 million in 2020-21 i.e. a 27% increase.  This […]

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How much should we expect of our volunteer fire fighters?

How much should we expect of our volunteer fire fighters?

I read with interest the article in the Guardian titled: Scott Morrison and the Coalition are fiddling as Australia burns Two things in particular caught my attention aside from the whole climate change debate which has so much of the community divided. The first was that the smoke haze in Sydney was so bad that it triggered more than 150 fire alarms in commercial buildings […]

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Our politicians are so out of touch!

Our politicians are so out of touch!

It was reported last week that Assistant Treasurer Mr Sukkar (Liberal) called on the State Government in Queensland (Labor) for the removal of stamp duty on insurance in North Queensland. When asked the appropriate question as to whether he would ask the New South Wales government (Liberal) to do the same he said that it was not such an issue in that state. First up, […]

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The current situation with the fires in NSW shows the stupidity of imposing emergency services levies on General Insurance

The current situation with the fires in NSW shows the stupidity of imposing emergency services levies on General Insurance

I start by applauding the efforts of the fire fighters in New South Wales and Queensland including one of my brother-in-laws, a volunteer in the NSW Rural Fire Service. Yesterday morning, one of the senior officials from NSW Fire advised that, due to the catastrophic conditions expected today (12 November 2019) it is not going to be possible for the brigade to assist with property […]

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It seems to be all about taxes in NSW.

It seems to be all about taxes in NSW.

I start with the good news. I applaud the NSW Government for removing the dumping fees on asbestos waste (of up to a quarter of a tonne) in an effort to reduce the level of illegal dumping. LMI have become involved in a number of claims where innocent people have been left with massive clean up costs when they have been the victim of fly […]

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Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

A few weeks ago when I was watching the disturbing photographs of the bush fires in Queensland and New South Wales they showed footage of the Premier of New South Wales meeting with volunteer fire fighters. I wanted to post something at the time, but did not feel it appropriate when people’s lives and homes were at risk, but the thought crossed my mind. How […]

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What will it take to make the Emergency Services Levy fair in NSW?

What will it take to make the Emergency Services Levy fair in NSW?

As many readers would appreciate, I have long been an advocate for the removal of emergency services levies on general insurance. Back in June 2012, I reported that the NSW Government was entering into a public discussion on the fairness or otherwise of having those prudent and risk averse to fund the majority of the fire services levy. A White Paper then came out from […]

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MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

In January 2019, a fire occurred at a premises in Cambellfield that recycled a number of items and among this lithium batteries. In this case, the Melbourne Fire Brigade rang the landlord seeking a guarantee that they would meet the cost of excavators needed to assist in the extinguishing of the fire. As I understand it, the tenant also received a call, as did the […]

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Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

As readers will know I have been quite vocal regarding the New South Wales government’s decision to renege on their commitment to remove the Emergency Service’s Levy from insurance. With the fire services, many of us think that anyone paying the emergency services levy receives the services of the fire brigades for free. This is not the case. If the site contains toxic chemicals or […]

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I fully support the review of Fire Service Levy in NZ

I fully support the review of Fire Service Levy in NZ

It was a nice way to end a tough week to read in InsuranceNEWS that the New Zealand Government is looking at alternatives to having the fire service levy heavily funded by insurance. There is absolutely no doubt that people buy less insurance when the price goes up. We saw it here in Victoria before the Black Saturday bush fires, in North Queensland due to […]

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