APRA’s quarterly review for June 2020 hasjust been published, so we thought it might be a good a time to summarise and share the findings.
APRA’s quarterly review for Q4FY2020 has just been published, sowe thought now was as good a time as any to stop, take a minute, and reflect onthe past fin-year. We’ve summarised those findings and we’re excited to sharethem with you – Aussie Insurance Builders, who play such a vital role indelivering on-the-ground claims fulfilment. So happy reading and we hope yougain a wider lens on the insurance industry.
Research from APRA and the InsuranceCouncil of Australia (ICA) confirms, what I think we all know, that it’s been aturbulent time for Insurance Builders, Supervisors and Trades on the frontline, operating in extreme weather environments. And whilst most make-safes andmany callouts are ‘sudden’ and ‘unexpected’, the urgent work you do has beenfurther complicated by COVID-19.
Many of you operating in this new COVID-19 environment,especially in Victoria, feel the new safety risks and have had to overcome thelogistical challenges while complying with lockdown rules - adopting new socialdistancing and safety protocols to continue your work and help customers andcommunities across Australia get back to doing life. If you are looking a solution that allows inspections to be completedremotely, via a video call between your Building Inspector and the policyholder– then please do reach to us. We can have you up and running in a nano second.
Some quick stats as promised - Grossincurred claims for Household/Homeowners risks located in Australia haveincreased from $6.388 Billion in June 2019 to $8.549 Billion in June 2020.That's a 34% increase! Undoubtedly, the most significant contributing factor tothis overall increase in insurance claims has been Australia’s extreme weatherevents. And from a big picture perspective we know from the ICA that insurance lossesresulting from declared catastrophe events over the past two decades hastotalled a whopping $24 billion or so.
We know from EnsureFlow’s data and APRA’s review that AussieInsurance builders worked tirelessly through last summer’s catastrophes to repairand restore damaged homes, and with it, lives. According to the ICA, theindustry received over 115,000 residential building claims from four differentCatastrophes i.e. the November hailstorms, Dec-Jan bushfires, Januaryhailstorms, February East Coast floods. This is reflected in the APRA datarevealing big variations in Claims across Australia in FY20: NSW (+69%); VIC(+38); QLD(-16%); SA (+38%); WA (+42%), TAS (+16%); ACT(+395%); and NT (-32%).
There’s no telling what the final months of 2020 will have instore for Aussie Insurance Builders, and the industry as a whole, but we’llcontinue to bring you the latest. And in the meantime, keep doing the greatwork that you’re doing.