How Much is Public Liability Insurance?

NSW Public Liability InsuranceThe cost of public liability insurance for a business in NSW can vary hugely.

There are a number of factors which affect the pricing of this form of insurance, and in this guide we’ll take a look at them.

Costs

A public liability insurance policy can cost a business in New South Wales anywhere from $300 for a very small and low-risk business, through to many thousands for a big business.

As with all forms of insurance, the cost of public liability is based primarily upon the chances of your business making a claim, and the likely size of that claim.

If the insurer believes that your business type has a low chance of making a claim, and that any claim would likely be fairly small, then they will charge you a relatively low premium each year.

If on the other hand the insurer believes that your business has a higher chance of claiming, or that the claim amount could be particularly high, then they will charge you a higher premium.

Now let’s take a look at the specific factors the insurers look at when pricing public liability cover.

Factors Affecting the Premium

There are three main factors which will affect the cost of insurance for a NSW business.  These are as follows:

  • Type of business (i.e. your business activities)
  • Size of business (in terms of either staff or revenue numbers)
  • The amount of cover required

There are other factors which will affect the pricing, but these are the big three which will have the largest impact on the cost.

Other factors can include the following:

  • Working in hazardous locations (such as airports and mine sites)
  • Prior claims and incident history
  • Use of subcontractors and labour hire
  • Working at heights

Again this list does not cover every factor, but there are more of the main things that an insurance broker will need to know below they can provide an accurate quote.

If your business conducts any activities which could be considered to be outside of the norm for your industry, you will need to let the insurance company know, and this could also impact upon the cost of the cover.

There are very few options available to businesses to vary their own insurance premium, but one option is to increase the excess on your policy.

By increasing your excess, which is the amount you must contribute to a claim, you can decrease the premium payable each year.

Whilst this will result in a premium saving, it will increase your costs in the event that you need to make a claim.

Getting a Quote

Whilst it’s important for a business owner to know what affects the pricing of their public liability insurance, the only way to get an accurate quote is to seek one from an insurer or insurance broker.

There are many insurance brokers located in Sydney and throughout NSW who can assist with quotes on public liability cover.

To request a quote on your insurance please click here to visit our online quote form and follow the prompts.

We can then put you in contact with a business insurance broker who understands the NSW market and can provide you with quotes and information on your insurance needs.

How Much Is Public Liability In Queensland?

Brisbane Public Liability InsuranceMany businesses in Queensland will need to have public liability insurance, and the cost of the cover can vary greatly depending on a number of factors.

Here in Qld there are a number of insurers offering public liability cover.  Each insurer will be happy to provide you with separate quotes on your cover, or you can use an insurance broker who will be able to obtain multiple quotes.

How much your public liability insurance costs will depend on a number of factors, and in this article we will look at some of the main factors affecting the price, along with the easiest ways to get a quote.

Size of the Business

The size of your business will have a major impact on the size of your public liability insurance cost.

Some insurance companies measure size by the annual revenue of the business, whilst other insurers measure size by the number of employees.  Some insurers use a combination of the two.

For most Qld business types, the larger the business is the larger the insurance cost will be.  This is generally due to the fact that a larger business will be undertaking more work, which means there is potential for more claims.

Activities of the Business

Different business types are treated differently when insurers are working out how much your public liability cost will be.

The cost for a retail business in Qld will be different to that of a single tradesman, which in turn will be completely different to the cost for a small office space.

Generally the activities of the business will affect the premium based on the level of risk posed.  A lower risk business will commonly have a much lower premium that a higher risk business.

It is important to tell the insurance company or insurance broker all about your business activities, even if it means your premium will increase.  If you don’t tell them everything, you could find that a claim is declined due to nondisclosure.

Other Factors

Other factors affecting the cost of public liability insurance in Qld include the level of cover you require, as well as the specific options that you wish to include in your policy.

A qualified insurance broker will be able to assess your business and insurance needs, and will be able to tell you how your business activities or other factors may impact upon how much your public liability cover will cost.

Getting a Quote in Qld

There are two main options when it comes to obtaining a public liability insurance quote here in Queensland.

Option one is to contact the insurance companies directly.  Not all of the insurance companies offer direct quotes, but enough do that you will be able to get a good idea of the different prices for your type of business.

The second option is to use an insurance broker.  An insurance broker will be able to obtain multiple quotes from all of the main insurance companies offering cover in Qld, and will then be able to advise you on which option they believe is best for you.

For more information please speak with your broker.  Alternatively you can get in touch with us and we will try to point you in the right direction.