For many Australians, the cost of home and contents insurance rings in at well over over $1,000 a year. According to Canstar research, the average Queenslander is paying $1,561 a year for home and contents insurance, the average person in New South Wales is paying $1,347 a year, while Victorians are paying about $1,204 per year.
As many of us continue to feel the financial impacts of coronavirus, some home insurers have announced financial relief packages in the form of premium discounts and waivers. Some insurers are offering premium discounts of up to 20%. This means the average Queenslander could save up to about $26 per month, New South Wales residents could save about $22 per month and Victorians could save about $20 per month.
Here’s a roundup of some of the relief options and discounts that are currently available from home insurers on our database to customers suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19. For more information, including the terms, conditions and eligibility requirements for each offer, please check with the insurer directly. If your insurer is not listed below, it could still be worth contacting them directly and seeing what options are available to you.
|Provider||Home insurance financial relief|
|AAMI||Existing home insurance customers facing financial hardship can receive a premium discount of up to 20% or a three-month premium waiver.
Check with AAMI for T&Cs.
|Apia||Existing home insurance customers facing financial hardship can receive a premium discount of up to 20% or a three-month premium waiver.
Check with Apia for T&Cs.
|GIO||Existing home insurance customers facing financial hardship can receive a premium discount of up to 20% or a three-month premium waiver.
Check with GIO for T&Cs.
|Suncorp||Existing home insurance customers facing financial hardship can receive a premium discount of up to 20% or a three-month premium waiver.
Check with Suncorp for T&Cs.
|Youi||New and existing customers who are at their home address more due to COVID-19 can apply for 10% cashback on home insurance premiums for the next three months.
Check with Youi for T&Cs.
Source: Providers’ websites as at 28 April 2020
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your household costs, you may also want to consider comparing your home insurance options to see if you can find a better deal that suits your needs.
If you’re comparing home and contents insurance policies, the comparison table below displays some of the policies currently available on Canstar’s database for an Australian aged under 50, seeking cover in NSW or ACT for a cost to replace building and contents of below $550,000. Please note the table is sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest), followed by provider name (alphabetical) and features links direct to the providers’ websites. Use Canstar’s home insurance comparison selector to view a wider range of policies.
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