You will require this authorisation if you operate a company intending to carry on general insurance business in Australia. It allows a company to offer liability by way of insurance for clients loss or damage, including paying damages or compensation.
This does not include life insurance, superannuation pensions or payments received after death or retirement, or any benefits offered by friendly societies or trade unions for their members.
Please be aware that if you provide home and / or contents insurance you must provide a key facts sheet to prospective clients. This key facts sheet must contain:
- What events are covered by the contract
- The maximum level these events are covered to
- Any excesses that may apply
- Details of the cooling off period.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
You must satisfy certain minimum requirements to demonstrate capacity and commitment to carry on business as an insurance company. For example, you must demonstrate the ability to conduct business in a manner that exhibits:
- Prudence; and
- Professional skill.
You will also have to be registered as a body corporate to apply for this authorisation. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Ongoing unless revoked.
$68200; plus a levy on the gross premiums received by general insurers.
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Authorisation of General Insurance Company - Application in writing following discussion with the Agency.
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
Insurance Act 1973 (Australian Government)
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