The peak body for insurance brokering in Australia, the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has launched a major update to its Need A Broker website, to help consumers find an insurance broker more easily.
Why the new site will be helpful
An insurance broker can be a great help for some consumers when looking for the best insurance in a specialised area, such as income protection. The updated website makes it as easy as selecting from personal or business, your state and postcode, and the type of insurance you are looking for.
The website now distinguishes between personal and business insurance to make it easier for everyday consumers to identify which brokers specialise in the insurance they need. Small businesses are more likely to use insurance brokers, but NIBA CEO Dallas Booth pointed out that consumers could also benefit.
It can be difficult for the average consumer to keep track of differences between insurance providers and find a good value policy, but that is the daily job description for an insurance broker. For example, policies such as flood insurance and residential strata insurance have become much more complex following recent natural disasters. Even income protection policies have varying definitions of disability and illness that they cover.
Mr Booth added, “Brokers know what’s available in the market and are qualified to give professional advice tailored to a policyholder’s business or personal needs, including the appropriate level of cover. They are experts on the terms and conditions of various insurance policies available in the market.”
Did you know? It’s free
Many people may not be aware that insurance brokers do not charge for providing their services. They receive payment from the insurer.
However, their job is still to get the best deal for you as the prospective policy-holder. Under the Code of Practice, insurance brokers must work in your best interests as their client.
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- Income protection
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