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Play it safe in bushfire season

Published 9 October 2018 

Are you bushfire ready?

With so many Australians living close to the bush, the risk of bushfires is something we can’t afford to ignore. Remember, even the best preparations are no match for a big fire - so make sure you’ve protected your largest asset with quality home and contents insurance.

The true cost of bushfires

With Australia’s extreme weather patterns and bushfires often affecting several states each year, the true cost of fire damage is probably higher than you realise.

Insurance claims for bushfire damage totalled more than $1.6 billion in the 10 years prior, according to the Insurance Council of Australia’s Historical Disaster Statistics, released in 2014.

According to the Insurance Council of Australia, claims from recent bushfire catastrophes reached:

Protect your home

Despite natural disasters like bushfires being common in Australia, many people are not financially protected, according to Insurance Council of Australia spokesman, Campbell Fuller.

  • About 1 in 20 properties in Australia are not insured at all.
  • About two-thirds of renters don’t have any contents insurance.
  • More than 70 per cent of properties have inadequate insurance.

You’ve worked hard to create a home you love. It’s important you make sure it’s protected with home insurance to help get you back on your feet after a natural disaster. 

A home is more than a house; it also has the countless memories of your belongings and what they mean to you. Because of this, it’s a good idea to get your possessions insured as well.

Will my home insurance policy cover me for bushfires?

Yes, ANZ Home Insurance will cover for loss or damage caused by firedisclaimer (including bushfires) to your home and your possessions inside. However, you won't be covered for loss or damage that occurs within 48 hours of the start of your policy, with some exceptions. Please see the ANZ Home Insurance Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) (PDF 1.4MB) for further information. 

ANZ Home Insurance offers full building replacement should your house be totally destroyed as a result of bushfires and your claim is accepted.

For details, find out more about ANZ Home Insurance.

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