What is Volunteer Insurance?

Whether you run a charity, a not-for-profit, or regular live events, volunteer insurance exists to protect both you and the volunteers that work for you. From music festival ticket collectors to ongoing charity work, volunteers are often the most important part of your organisation, and they need to be protected from accidents. Volunteer Insurance will…

Queensland Smoke Alarm Laws and you

Whether you are a home owner, a renter, a landlord or a renovator/builder, the smoke alarm legislation introduced by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services from 1 January 2017 will affect you! As a landlord…. Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards…

All you need to know about Premium Funding

What is Premium Funding Almost all of the major insurance companies offer their retail clients monthly payment options. Whether it’s your car or your home, or even your life insurance, paying by the month is easy. But when it comes to business and commercial insurance, you will find that most insurance companies do not have…

Insurance issues arising in the gig economy

What is the gig economy? ‘Gig’ is a slang term referring to a ‘job for a specified period of time’ and harks back to when musicians were engaged for a performance or a ‘gig’. The gig economy refers to the growing trend towards freelance or contract workers, as well as the share economy of resources…

What you need to know about landlord insurance

If you’ve scrimped and saved in the hopes of achieving financial security through an investment property it makes sense to insure such a valuable asset. It’s no secret that Australians are among the most real-estate obsessed people in the world. Around two million Australians own an investment property. A disproportionate number of these people have…

Single Touch Payroll is here

The biggest change to payroll in history is here and compulsory for businesses with 19 or fewer employees. What is it? Single Touch payroll (STP) is an ATO compliance regulation which requires employers to send employee payroll information, including salary, wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation to the ATO at the same time as their standard…

How to minimise being underinsured

Many Australians, especially those who own businesses, discover they don’t have the cover they need in the worst possible circumstances. Insurance is one of those subjects that many people glaze over. So, just to test how knowledgeable you are about this important but unsexy topic, see how many of the following you can answer. Questions…

Why small businesses use an insurance broker

Small business owners tend to be born optimists with little inclination to think about what could go wrong. That’s why it pays to have an insurance broker in your corner to safeguard what you’ve worked for. Paul Harrison’s family-owned shoe shop in Sydney’s Neutral Bay has operated out of various locations for more than half a…

Changes to QBCC – New Security of Payment Laws

With effect from 17 December 2018 elements of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) and amendments to the QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission) Act commence. The purpose for these changes and amendments means that it should be easier for both the Contractor(s) and sub contractor(s) to be paid for…