Home and Contents Insurance

What is home and contents insurance?

Home insurance can protect you from financial risk if your home is damaged or destroyed and can also cover your home’s contents if they are damaged, lost or stolen. You can take out cover for specific listed events only or for wider accidental damage cover, depending on your needs.

Who should consider it?

If your home and its contents were damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster or accident, or all your valuables were stolen, could you afford to replace them?

If not, home insurance can help.

Home & contents insurance can even protect you against legal liability if someone is injured or killed on your property.

“Residential property worth up to $63 billion is at risk (from climate change) – and we believe this is likely to be an underestimate.”

The Climate Institute, 2016

Did you know?


Approximately 9% of homeowners don’t have buildings or contents insurance.

(Dr Richard Tooth, ‘Australian Household Insurance-Understanding and Affordability’ – February 2012)


The estimated property loss from 140,000 claims across five catastrophic events in 2015.

(Insurance Council of Australia, 2016)


Approximately 1 in 30 homes are burgled in Australia each year.

(Australian Institute of Criminology, 2013)

What can it cover?

Home insurance can provide you with extensive protection if your home suffers loss or damage – with a number of additional benefits included automatically. You have a choice of options, with different levels of cover and inclusions available. The exact cover you can receive depends on the policy that you take out. But to give you an idea, here are some of the benefits a home insurance policy may include:

Potential benefits
A safeguard of up to 30% extra of your total sum insured, so you can feel confident you won’t be caught short if you have to rebuild (does not apply to base listed events policy).Cover for accidental breakages, damage caused by falling trees during a storm or the impact of a car.
Automatic cover for flood and cover for fire or explosion.Automatic inflation adjustment to your buildings and contents
sum insured.
Cover for earthquake, tsunami, lightning strikes, storm, rainwater, hail and wind and water damage from certain leakages.An extra 20% of your total sum insured to cover accommodation costs, if you need to move out while your home is being repaired or rebuilt.
Cover for burglary or theft, caused by a forced break-in and vandalism or malicious damage.Environmental upgrade cover – up to $5,000, and extra costs of rebuilding to meet statutory requirements – up to $25,000.
Liability cover of up to $30 million for injury or loss of life to a third party, or loss of a third party’s property on a building you
occupy or own.
Catastrophe cover up to an additional 30% of the building sum insured, for declared natural disasters.