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Underinsurance levels high in bushfire prone areas

By Lidia Siljanoski on

In an article published by Insurance & Risk it was reported that over 1.5million blocks of land in Australia are currently situated in ‘bushfire prone areas’ (BPAs)*.

State bushfire percentage

As the bushfire season approaches this statistic really underlines how imperative it is to have the right insurance cover and sums insured for your home and contents. 
The right cover will help to ensure you are in a position to finance the full cost of reinstating your home in the event of a total loss.

Underinsurance of homes in BPAs is becoming increasingly common due to a toughening in the National Building Standards for homes on bushfire prone land. While the regulations help to ensure homes are more resilient in a bushfire, the increase in building standards can also mean a substantial escalation in the costs of rebuilding a home, particularly for older properties.

Based on this information, it has never been more important to ensure your home and contents are covered for an appropriate amount, making sure to account for the total cost of rebuilding in the aftermath of a bushfire.

If you are unsure about your Home Insurance cover and would like specialist advice to set your mind at ease, please call one of our Personal Insurance specialists on 1300 424 627.

See the full article as featured in Insurance & Risk by clicking here.

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*Insurance Council of Australia

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