Business Insurance Covers A Multitude Of Issues.

On our blog we constantly refer to “Business Insurance”, but if you own a small business, and especially if you are just starting out, you may not be aware of the main areas of business insurance, and what they all do. 

So here is a brief description of some of the main types of insurance that are covered by these terms.

Business insurance, as it relates to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Australia, refers to a range of insurance policies designed to protect businesses from various risks and liabilities they may face during their operation. These policies can cover financial loss, legal liabilities, property damage, and other potential threats. Business insurance helps SMBs manage risks, safeguard their assets, and maintain financial stability in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Some common types of policies include;

Public Liability Insurance

Covers your business for third-party personal injury or property damage claims that may arise due to your business activities.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Protects businesses that provide professional services or advice. It covers legal costs and damages resulting from claims of negligence, errors, or omissions in the services provided.

Product Liability Insurance

Covers businesses for claims arising from personal injury or property damage caused by products they manufacture, supply, or sell.

Business Property Insurance

Concerns damage to business premises, buildings, and contents (e.g., equipment, stock, and furnishings) resulting from events like fire, theft, or natural disasters.

Business Interruption Insurance

Covers loss of income and ongoing expenses when a business cannot operate due to an insured event (e.g., fire or flood).

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Is a mandatory policy in Australia for businesses with employees. It covers medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages for employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.

Cyber Liability Insurance

If you suffer a cyber attack, this policy covers areas such as financial loss, legal costs, and damages resulting from data breaches, or other cyber-related incidents.

Management Liability Insurance

Protects the company and its directors, officers, and managers against claims of wrongful acts, such as breach of duty, mismanagement, or non-compliance with laws and regulations.

Commercial Vehicle Insurance

Specifically for business vehicles, this policy includes vans, trucks, and other specialized vehicles. It can cover damages resulting from accidents, theft, or vandalism.

Key Person Insurance

This policy provides financial compensation to the business if a key person (e.g., owner, director, or manager) dies or becomes permanently disabled.

These are just some examples of business insurance policies available in Australia. The specific insurance needs of an SMB will depend on the nature of its operations, industry, location, and other factors. 

The best and easiest way for business owners to get this all under control is to consult with an insurance broker to determine the most suitable coverage for their specific business.

Roger Hosie from #RSMTasmania will be happy to explain what you need.
Please call (03) 6244 7854, or email rogerh@rsmgroup.com.au today.

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