Is Company Insurance necessary in Australia?


In the dynamic landscape of business in Australia, entrepreneurs and business owners grapple with various challenges, seeking ways to protect their investments and assets. One crucial aspect of this protection is company insurance. This article aims to delve into the intricacies of company insurance in Australia, exploring its necessity, types, and the legal landscape. 

Understanding Company Insurance

Company insurance, also known as business insurance, is a comprehensive strategy that shields businesses from financial losses resulting from unforeseen events. These events can range from property damage, loss of income and liability claims, to employee injuries and legal disputes. In Australia, where the business environment is diverse and ever evolving, knowing your risk profile, and having adequate insurance coverage is considered a fundamental business practice. 

Types and considerations of Company Insurance in Australia

1. Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance is designed to protect businesses from financial losses arising from third-party injury or property damage. For instance, if a customer slips and falls on a business premises, this insurance covers legal expenses and compensation. 

Many businesses might be underestimating the level of coverage needed, often settling for the standard $20 million Public & Products Liability insurance to meet lease conditions. However, it’s imperative to reassess this decision in light of several critical factors: 

  • Court Awards and Compensation 
  • Inflationary Trends and Lengthy Settlements 
  • Multiple Personal Injuries 
  • Legal Costs 
  • Minor’s Claim Period 

For businesses in need of Public & Products Liability insurance, a formalised risk assessment and a clear understanding of your risk appetite are critical. This involves evaluating the specific risks associated with your business activities, potential liabilities, and the financial implications of different coverage levels. 

2. Professional Indemnity Insurance: 

Professionals in various fields, such as consultants, accountants, and medical practitioners, often opt for professional indemnity insurance. This coverage protects against claims related to the financial loss of client’s, arising from allegations of professional negligence, errors, or omissions. 

Professional Indemnity Insurance limits needs to be enough to encompass the dollar value of both the claim and cost of defending it. Always review with this insurance if the legal costs are ‘inclusive’ or ‘exclusive’ of the indemnity limit of the policy. 

3. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: 

In Australia, businesses are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover the medical expenses and lost wages of employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. 

Each state and territory has their own set of rules when it comes to workers’ compensation. For a guide visit  

4. Property Insurance

Property insurance safeguards business assets, including buildings, equipment, and inventory, against risks like fire, theft, or natural disasters. 

In relation to rebuilding a property the insured value must be in line with current day building costs, taking into account the increased costs of complying with the latest building codes as well as lead times and supply chain dependencies to rebuild.  

5. Product Liability Insurance: 

For businesses involved in manufacturing or selling products, product liability insurance is crucial. It protects against claims resulting from defective products causing harm or damage. 

If you import a product, under Australian Consumer Legislation, you are deemed as the manufacturer, and have the obligations and responsibilities (to consumers and Federal & State/ Territory regulators) as if you are the manufacturer. This could involve a Class Action and/ or an expensive legal case to defend if there is a fault with that product. 

There are potential extensions to Product Liability that may also need to be considered: 

  • Product Recall Cover 
  • Product Guarantee 
  • Product Warranty   

The legal landscape for company insurance

Australia has a well-established legal framework that regulates the insurance industry. While there is no overarching mandate requiring businesses to have insurance, certain types of coverage are legally required, and failure to comply may result in penalties. For instance, workers’ compensation insurance is compulsory for all businesses with employees, and driving a vehicle without proper insurance is a criminal offence. 

Now, addressing the pivotal question: Is company insurance necessary in Australia? 

The answer is a resounding yes. Several factors contribute to the necessity of company insurance in the Australian business context. 

1. Legal Requirements: 

 As mentioned earlier, certain types of insurance are legally mandated in Australia. Businesses that fail to comply with these requirements may face fines and legal consequences. 

2. Risk Mitigation: 

Australia, like any other country, is prone to natural disasters, accidents, and unforeseen events. Company insurance serves as a risk mitigation strategy, providing financial protection against the unpredictable. 

3. Shareholder, Client and Partner Expectations: 

Many clients and business partners expect companies to have insurance coverage. This expectation is particularly prevalent in industries where the risk of liability claims is high. Being adequately insured can enhance a company’s credibility and foster trust. 

Directors of businesses also have an obligation to ensure that the assets, balance-sheet and shareholder investment is properly protected. 

4. Financial Security: 

Insurance offers a layer of financial security for businesses. Without it, a single incident, such as a lawsuit or property damage, could have catastrophic financial implications, potentially leading to bankruptcy. 

5. Employee Well-being: 

Workers’ compensation insurance is not just a legal requirement; it also ensures that employees are taken care of in the event of a workplace injury. This can contribute to a positive workplace culture and employee satisfaction. 

The necessity of company insurance in Australia is grounded in legal requirements, risk mitigation, client expectations, financial security, and employee well-being. Business owners should view company insurance not as an optional expense but as a strategic investment in the sustainability and resilience of their business. As both your business and the Australian business landscape continue to evolve, staying informed about the types of insurance available and their implications is essential for you to be confident you have your business and livelihood protected.  

Reach out as we can help protect you and your unique business, providing you with more confidence for its next journey.    


4Sight Risk Partners helps secure benefits for businesses from risk management. Drawing on 75 years of global expertise in risk and insurance, we help businesses tackle uncertainties and seize opportunities with more confidence. We protect our clients, providing them with a strategic advantage from their qualified risk profiles and quantified risk appetite.    

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Gareth Jones
Managing Director
4Sight Risk Partners
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