Under Declaring – You are now the insurer!

Under Declaring – You are now the insurer!

Yesterday I had one of those calls where you can feel the frustration and stress in the broker, where a long standing client is under attack by another broker who is simply selling on price and stripping away the years of hard work that the holding broker has put into the client. In this case, the attacking broker is advising the Insured to only declare […]

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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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Changes to the New Zealand Residential Tenancies Act and to PolicyComparison in Australia on methamphetamines.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) has just passed the Select Committee stage of the New Zealand legislative process. The Bill will change the Residential Tenancies Act (1986) in ways that will affect general insurers in the following areas: clarifying the state of the law regarding tenants’ responsibility for careless damage to property, including insurers’ rights of recovery; requiring landlords to disclose information about their […]

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Are fines imposed on SME’s for data breaches fair?

As from 23rd February 2018 legislation now requires that Australian businesses report data breaches. I have heard that there have already been an average of 10 notifications a week but this figure was on social media and I have not been able to verify the number. I appreciate that we all have a duty to protect the personal data of our customers and employees but I […]

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The major risks facing business in 2018

Business Interruption, cyber attacks, and natural catastrophes are, not surprisingly to us in the industry, the leading business risks this year, according to more than 1,900 risk experts from 80 countries polled for the latest Allianz Risk Barometer. The survey by Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty reveals that cyber attacks and business interruption remain the leading two risks in Australia. What remains disappointing is that […]

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NSW Government continue to bend the facts to hide their ineptitude.

Like all rate payers in New South Wales, I received this (image) flyer from the New South Wales Government on the emergency services levy. I cannot accept that deferring the levy is going to help those that are currently bearing the cost of funding the fire and emergency services. Fact 1: everyone in New South Wales benefits from having an efficient, well funded, well trained […]

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Another broker angry at the NSW Government

I received this email last night and it mirrors many phone calls and emails I have received. “The NSW ESL Insurance Monitor has now gazetted a new Section 30 Notice which requires premium comparisons to be provided with renewal invitations and renewal schedules for residential property insurance in NSW from 1 July 2017.” At what point does the State Government pull their head in & […]

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Happy to see some relief for Insurance Taxes in NSW (unless there is yet another back flip)

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet says the state’s 2017 budget will relieve cost pressures for 600,000 small businesses in the region through the reduction of red tape, including by axing insurance duty on a range of policies for businesses with annual turnover of $2 million or less. As an aside, I am convinced governments want businesses to stay small for as soon as you […]

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Profiting at other people’s expense

The Courier Mail reported on builders massively overcharging victims of Cyclone Debbie and the floods that followed further south. Click here for the article. This sadly occurs after every natural disaster to some extent and while some as the Insurance Council of Australia state is due to demand surge, some clearly is a giant rip off. Every trained loss adjuster and claims preparer will be carefully […]

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Finally something a government has done that actually makes sense!

It was really great to read that the Victorian Government has removed stamp duty from insurance on farm policies. Well done! This on top of the removal of Fire Services Levy is a great initiative and makes the vital protection provided by insurance affordable by a segment of our economy who can least afford not to have it. Now if only other governments would show […]

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