Positive Insurance coverage is the second insurer to announce its participation within the Federal Authorities’s cyclone reinsurance pool, which goals to cut back premium costs in Australia’s disaster-prone north.
As insuranceNEWS.com.au has previously reported, Allianz joined the pool from January 1 this yr for householder insurance coverage solely.
Positive, which entered regional and north Queensland markets in 2019 and is backed by capability suppliers Liberty Mutual and Pacific Worldwide Insurance coverage, at this time confirmed it has additionally joined the pool from January 1, for family and residential strata.
The pool, backed by a $10 billion authorities assure and operated by the Australian Reinsurance Pool Company (ARPC), was launched in July however giant insurers have till the tip of this yr to hitch, and small insurers till the tip of subsequent yr.
The scheme goals to cut back premium costs and enhance competitors in cyclone-affected areas by foregoing a revenue margin.
Positive MD Bradley Heath informed insuranceNEWS.com.au that becoming a member of the pool was the perfect transfer for the corporate and its clients in a “troublesome” reinsurance market.
Positive says it already delivers common premium financial savings of 30% and becoming a member of the pool will allow it to proceed offering “a greater deal”.
“We’ve monitored developments of the pool since day one, and bluntly it’s in the perfect pursuits of our policyholders to hitch,” Mr Heath stated.
“It’s a troublesome reinsurance market in the mean time. We nonetheless have to purchase reinsurance for issues not lined by the pool, however the pool is definitely a bonus within the present atmosphere.
“It’s there for the long run and there’s a nil deductible.”
Whereas most non-public reinsurance offers contain an insurer bearing a certain quantity of the chance itself, Mr Heath says “every cyclone declare” will probably be lined by the pool.
Positive previously questioned some parts of the pool design however Mr Heath says the ARPC has “accomplished an excellent job” to remove any issues.
“ARPC warmly welcomes the Positive Insurance coverage model as a buyer of the cyclone pool,” ARPC CEO Chris Wallace stated.
“We stay up for working with Positive Insurance coverage to ship the advantages the pool will present for cyclone-impacted customers.”