Important Information for Clients
For your protection under legislation, we are required to inform you of your duty of disclosure and draw your attention to the following important information.
Your Duty of Disclosure
Before you enter into a contract of general insurance, you have a duty under the law to disclose every matter that you know or could reasonably be expected to know, that is relevant to the insurer’s decision whether to accept the risk of insurance and if so, on what terms. You have the same duty to disclose those matters before you renew, extend, vary or reinstate a contract of general insurance.
Your duty, however, does not require disclosure of a matter
– that diminishes the risk to be undertaken;
– that is of common knowledge;
– that the insurer knows or, in the ordinary course of business, ought to know;
– as to which compliance with your duty is waived by the insurer.
If you fail to comply with your Duty of Disclosure the insurer may be entitled to reduce its liability under the contract in respect of a claim or may cancel the contract. If your non-disclosure was fraudulent, the insurer may also have the option of voiding the contract from the beginning (i.e. treating it as if it never existed).
Information regarding the full extent of your Duty of Disclosure is contained in your policy wording and should be read carefully at any point in your insurance transaction including when your policy is renewed, extended, varied or reinstated.
Under the Corporations Act 2001 and associated Regulations Retail Clients are provided with additional levels of protection from other insurance purchasers. The Act defines Retail Clients as:
Individuals or a small manufacturing business employing less than 100 people or any other business employing less than 20 people.
And that are being provided a financial service or product that relates to the following insurance covers:
Motor Vehicle (under 2 tonne), Home building, contents, personal and domestic, Sickness and Accident or Travel, Consumer Credit and other classes as prescribed by regulations.
What Advance is Being Provided (Retail Clients Only)
If you are a RETAIL CLIENT (refer above) and a Statement of Advice has not been provided to you with this invoice then the advice that we are giving you related to this transaction is General Advice.
General Advice is advice that has been prepared without considering your current objectives, financial situation or needs. Therefore, before acting on this advice, you should consider the appropriateness of the advice having regard to your current objectives, financial situation or needs.
If the advice provided relates to the acquisition or possible acquisition of a new insurance policy and the insurer has prepared a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) we will have attached the PDS for your review. You should consider the PDS prior to making the decision to purchase this product. Further information regarding the income we have been paid by the insurer for this transaction is available upon request.
Clients not satisfied with our services should contact our Complaints Officer. We are members of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), a free consumer service. Further information is available from our office, or contact FOS directly on 1800 367 287 or visit www.fos.org.au. We also follow the Insurance Brokers Code of Practice.
No alterations to the risk whatsoever will be admitted until you have notified us in writing and will not take effect until acceptance is confirmed by the insurance underwriters.
Average / Co-insurance (Applicable to Some Property Policies)
It is most important that the Sum Insured you select is adequate to represent the value of the insured property and is calculated in accordance with the cover being arranged to minimise the risk of under-insurance. Also, in some cases your policy may contain Average / Co-insurance provisions which means you may be responsible for paying part of the loss you actually suffer.
Cancellation Warning (Retention of Brokerage and Fees)
If a cover is cancelled before expiry of the period of insurance, we reserve the right to refund to you only the net return premium we receive from the insurer, and not refund any part of the brokerage or fees we received for arranging the cover. A broker service fee may also be charged to process the cancellation.
Claims Made Policy
This policy provides cover on a “claims made” basis which means that claims first advised to you (or made against you) during the period of insurance are covered irrespective of when the incident causing the claim occurred. To protect your entitlement to indemnity under this policy you must report to insurers without delay and prior to expiry of the policy period all incidents that may give rise to a claim against you.
All Retail Products are subject to a “cooling off period” of a minimum of 14 days and details of this are contained in the PDS. During this time, if you are not happy with a Retail Product, you may withdraw from the new contract at no cost to you other than our broker’s fee, which is not refundable.
This notice is a summary only (errors and omissions excepted) and does not purport to be a copy of the insurance underwriters’ policy or other documents. In case of any discrepancy, the underwriters’ documents will prevail.
Notwithstanding the above, you may not be insured if you do not submit the relevant Proposal within 30 days from commencement of the risk unless an extension of time has been agreed with us in writing.
Premium Funding Warning
Premium funding allows you to spread out the cash flow associated with paying your insurance premiums over the next twelve months. We receive a commission from the funder for arranging the funding contract, full details are available on request.
Please note that should the insurance policy be cancelled before the expiry date for whatever reason, the Premium Funder will charge you the full interest applicable to the contract, as detailed in the Loan Application Form. Typically there will be no refund of our commission on the refund premium and no refund of any fee we may have charged you for arranging the cover. We also reserve the right to charge you a policy cancellation handling fee. In some cases insurers also apply minimum premiums to policies, which may further reduce the refund that you might otherwise receive.
The impact of the above on you is that any refund you receive for the mid term cancellation of your policy will usually be significantly less than a pro rata calculation would produce and in extreme cases may involve you having to make an additional final payment even though the policy has been cancelled. Therefore prior to cancelling a policy and replacing it with another cover we strongly recommend that you discuss your situation with us so that we can advise the exact extent and impact of the early cancellation provisions mentioned above.”
Rights of Recovery Against Others
It is a condition of a Contract of Insurance that you may not forego any right of recovery that may exist against another party without prior approval in writing being given by your insurer.
You are warned that should you become a party to any agreement that has the effect of excluding or limiting your insurer’s ability to recover from a third party, your insurers may have the right to refuse to indemnify you for such loss where it is shown that your insurer’s rights of recovery have been prejudiced by your action.
Terms of Trade
Payment of this account constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of these conditions and authorises us to act as your insurance brokers for the risks outlined on the face hereof and no others unless specifically agreed by us in writing.
Third Party Interests
Insurance policies provide cover for those with an interest in the property insured and may not cover the interest of any third parties unless you have informed us of them in writing and they are noted on the policy.
Underwriting Agents and Wholesale Brokers
In some cases we access insurance products via Underwriting Agents and Wholesale brokers rather than directly with the insurer. In such cases should you wish to access the Financial Services Guide of the Underwriting Agency or Wholesale Broker please contact us and we will arrange to have a copy sent out to you.
Utmost Good Faith
Every contract of insurance is subject to the doctrine of utmost good faith which requires that the parties to the contract should act toward each other with the utmost good faith. Failure to do so on your part may prejudice any claim or the continuation of cover provided by Insurers.