Life Insurance Australia :: News
SHARE

Share this news item!

Victorian Insurance Premiums Spike Amidst Industry Turbulence

Victorian Insurance Premiums Spike Amidst Industry Turbulence

In the midst of considerable upheaval within the construction industry, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) has revealed substantial hikes in its builders' warranty insurance premiums, effective August 6.
These increments follow an unprecedented surge in claims settlements over recent months.

Michael Keynes, a spokesperson for VMIA, stated that the raises, which see premiums leaping by an average of 53%, are a necessary measure to accommodate the recent flood of claims. "A record number of domestic building insurance claims have been resolved over the past year." Since July 1, the insurer has settled over 4000 claims.

Specifically, premiums for new single and multi-unit constructions will surge by 65%, while structural and non-structural renovations along with swimming pools will face a 20% rise. The charges for owner-builders are also set to increase by 65%.

Keynes attributes this spike to several intersecting issues: "We are dealing with the compounded effects of builder insolvencies, high inflation, and an ongoing shortage of skilled workers, all of which drive up building costs. As a result, VMIA needs to adjust premiums to ensure continued protection for homeowners when builders can't complete or rectify constructions."

In response, industry watchdogs, such as the Housing Industry Association (HIA), have been vocal about their objections. Keith Ryan, the executive director of HIA Victoria, warned that these increased premiums will further dent housing affordability in the state. "Victorian home builders and their clients are already grappling with soaring costs. This increase is an additional burden which hits new homebuyers the hardest," Ryan said in a statement.

The new premiums add to the already heavy financial load confronting new home buyers. "In Melbourne, nearly half of the cost of a new house and land package is swallowed up by taxes, fees, and related charges – effectively putting homeownership out of reach for many Victorians," Ryan elaborated.

Ryan also expressed disappointment that higher premiums were not coupled with enhanced insurance benefits for homeowners. He cautioned that builders, already stretched by increased material and labor costs, will ultimately pass these added expenses on to customers.

While premium hikes are aimed at safeguarding homeowners in these turbulent times, it’s clear that the cascading costs and their effects on housing affordability will spark further debate. This article incorporates information originally reported by insuranceNEWS.com.au.

Published:Monday, 17th Jun 2024
Source: Paige Estritori

Share this news item:

Insurance News

Car Collector Fails in Bid for $122k Insurance Windfall Car Collector Fails in Bid for $122k Insurance Windfall
24 Jul 2024: Paige Estritori

A car enthusiast's efforts to boost his insurance payout from $78,000 to $200,000 after his rare vehicle was destroyed by fire have been thwarted. - read more
Financial Advice Landscape Set for Further Overhaul Financial Advice Landscape Set for Further Overhaul
24 Jul 2024: Paige Estritori

Financial industry professionals are bracing for significant changes as new reforms surrounding commission consent in financial advice have moved into effect. With the successful passage of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Delivering Better Financial Outcomes and Other Measures) Bill 2024, the sector anticipates a substantial shift in how financial advisories are delivered to retail clients. - read more
Queensland Renters Face Significant Financial Risk Without Contents Insurance Queensland Renters Face Significant Financial Risk Without Contents Insurance
23 Jul 2024: Paige Estritori

Queensland renters are increasingly vulnerable to financial setbacks due to a lack of contents insurance, warns RACQ Insurance. An alarming 78% of renters in Queensland forgo this critical coverage, primarily underestimating the value of their belongings. Other reasons for this trend include the cost of insurance and a general lack of knowledge regarding coverage options. - read more
Massive Fines Hit Rogue Builders Over Fake Insurance Massive Fines Hit Rogue Builders Over Fake Insurance
20 Jul 2024: Paige Estritori

On July 19th, 2024, in a significant crackdown on fraudulent building practices, Aycon Constructions along with its director, Seyit Ayranci, received a record-setting fine of $250,000 from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The enforcement action came after the construction firm was implicated in the use of falsified insurance certificates to secure building permits. - read more
Liberty Mutual Re insurance Unit Further Solidifies Aussie Market Reach Liberty Mutual Re insurance Unit Further Solidifies Aussie Market Reach
20 Jul 2024: Paige Estritori

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group's LM Re insurance unit is making impactful strides with the inception of a dedicated Australian branch. At the helm of this initiative is Mark De La Mare from Aon, who will guide the underwriting team nestled in Sydney. - read more


Life Insurance Articles

The Savvy Consumer’s Guide to Purchasing Life Insurance in Australia The Savvy Consumer’s Guide to Purchasing Life Insurance in Australia
As the landscape of finance and personal security evolves in Australia, the importance of being insured has never been more prominent. In a world of changing family dynamics, economic pressures, and higher living costs, life insurance stands as a bastion of support ensuring the well-being of loved ones in the event of unforeseen circumstances. - read more
Trauma Cover: Calculating Adequate Protection for Life's Unexpected Moments Trauma Cover: Calculating Adequate Protection for Life's Unexpected Moments
The financial fabric of our lives consists of both planning and safeguarding against the unforeseen. Trauma cover, a lesser-known but crucial aspect of personal insurance, provides this protection by offering a lump sum payment upon diagnosis of specific serious illnesses or injuries. In the tapestry of financial planning, it acts as a vital safety net, ensuring that unexpected health crises do not lead to monetary distress. - read more
Life Events That Should Trigger a Life Insurance Review for Aussie Families Life Events That Should Trigger a Life Insurance Review for Aussie Families
Life insurance is a cornerstone of financial planning for Aussie families, offering protection and peace of mind. But what happens when the bustling flow of life brings changes? This is where a life insurance review comes into play. A life insurance review is a thorough analysis of your existing policy to ensure it aligns with your current life circumstances and financial goals. - read more
The Impact of Parenthood on Your Life Insurance Choices The Impact of Parenthood on Your Life Insurance Choices
Life insurance, a contract between an insurer and a policyholder, is designed to provide financial protection to loved ones in the event of the policyholder's death. For parents, this protection takes on a new level of significance. The birth of a child heralds a profound shift in priorities, with a focus on safeguarding the future of one's family. Hence, understanding life insurance options becomes a crucial aspect of responsible parenting. - read more
Life After You: Planning Ahead With Quality Life Insurance for Your Family Life After You: Planning Ahead With Quality Life Insurance for Your Family
Life insurance is a fundamental component of a robust financial plan, yet its significance is often underestimated. It serves as a safety net, ensuring that your loved ones are financially secure in the event of your absence. Understanding life insurance is the first step towards safeguarding your family’s future. - read more
Maximize Your Safety Net: Top Tips for Optimizing Income Protection Benefits Maximize Your Safety Net: Top Tips for Optimizing Income Protection Benefits
Welcome to a pivotal guide dedicated to empowering you with the essentials of income protection insurance in Australia. As we navigate through times of uncertainty, safeguarding your financial wellbeing becomes not just a priority, but a necessity. Income protection insurance stands as one of the key pillars of financial security, ensuring a steady flow of income during periods when you're unable to work due to illness or injury. - read more
A Millennial's Guide to Life Insurance A Millennial's Guide to Life Insurance
For many millennials, navigating the complexities of personal finance and future planning can feel like a bewildering journey. Among these financial responsibilities, life insurance emerges as a paramount consideration. More than just a safety net, life insurance can be the cornerstone of a sound financial strategy, providing peace of mind for both the policyholder and their loved ones. - read more
Trauma Cover: Calculating Adequate Protection for Life's Unexpected Moments Trauma Cover: Calculating Adequate Protection for Life's Unexpected Moments
The financial fabric of our lives consists of both planning and safeguarding against the unforeseen. Trauma cover, a lesser-known but crucial aspect of personal insurance, provides this protection by offering a lump sum payment upon diagnosis of specific serious illnesses or injuries. In the tapestry of financial planning, it acts as a vital safety net, ensuring that unexpected health crises do not lead to monetary distress. - read more
Understanding Life Insurance: How to Get the Best Online Quotes Understanding Life Insurance: How to Get the Best Online Quotes
The digital age has fundamentally transformed how we approach almost every aspect of our lives, including the way we shop for life insurance in Australia. Gone are the days when one had to schedule meetings with insurance agents or flip through pamphlets to understand life insurance policies. Today, obtaining life insurance quotes online has become the norm, offering a hassle-free and incredibly accessible platform for individuals to safeguard their financial future. - read more
Life Events That Should Trigger a Life Insurance Review for Aussie Families Life Events That Should Trigger a Life Insurance Review for Aussie Families
Life insurance is a cornerstone of financial planning for Aussie families, offering protection and peace of mind. But what happens when the bustling flow of life brings changes? This is where a life insurance review comes into play. A life insurance review is a thorough analysis of your existing policy to ensure it aligns with your current life circumstances and financial goals. - read more


Start Here !
life insurance
Apply now for your free Insurance assessment and price comparisons!

Life Cover Amount:
Your Postcode:
All quotes are provided free and without obligation. We respect your privacy.

Knowledgebase
Income Insurance:
Insures your income in the event of you being unable to work due to sickness or accident.