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Professional Indemnity2020-06-02T10:36:01+09:30

WHAT IS PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE?

Professional Indemnity policies indemnify insured’s for amounts which they become legally liable to pay as a result of any actual or alleged negligent act, error or omission in the conduct of their business or profession. Costs and expenses incurred to investigate, defend or settle any claim are also included, in some circumstances in addition to the policy limit, otherwise inclusive of the limit.

A professional is defined as “anyone who gives expert advice and/or services to another person”. No matter what type of advice, design or area of the professional’s occupation, errors and omissions can occur.

Financial loss arising from a mistake or failure by a professional may result in an award in favour of an external party (often your client). Under the Trade Practices Act (1974), you may be deemed liable for mistakes, errors or omissions, even if the act was not negligent.

A Professional Indemnity policy is designed to protect the personal assets of a professional against damages awarded against them. It also covers the costs and expenses of defending claims.

WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

Public and Products liability policies generally exclude claims arising for breach of professional duty, particularly where there is a fee paid for advice or a service. Public liability policies also don’t provide cover where there’s only financial loss, which are generally insurable only under a specialist Professional Indemnity insurance policy.

The Trade Practices Act 1974 also creates an exposure for false and misleading conduct in the promotion and sale of goods and services.

SPECIALISED COVERS

A special suite of products have been designed for the IT Industry catering for the provision of IT and telecommunications products and services. These products often include both Professional Indemnity Limits and Public Liability/Products Liability limits – the main purpose of this is to close gaps in products liability, further broadening this cover to include financial loss along with property damage and bodily injury exposures in the use of the Insured’s products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is MGA community minded?2020-02-19T09:29:45+10:30

MGA is located in all mainland states and territories, both in metro and regional centres. In each of these locations MGA is a part of the local community and support is provided through local sponsorships and donations to a wide variety of sporting clubs, community groups, charities and events. On a national level the MGA Whittles Community Foundation was set up to facilitate fundraising by staff, along with contributions from MGA and its sister company, Whittles, from which 100% of funds are then donated to worthy charities.

For more information, please visit www.mgawhittlesfoundation.org.au

To find your local MGA office, see www.mga.com/our-offices/

Where can I find my nearest MGA Insurance Group office?2020-02-19T09:30:02+10:30

MGA has over 40 offices (and growing), located in both Metro and regional areas across mainland Australia and one in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Office contact details can be found on our website www.mga.com/our-offices/.

Why is it important to have the right insurance?2020-02-19T09:30:11+10:30

It’s important to understand your own risks so you can choose the right insurance product. In Australia, we have over 100 licensed insurers that offer a broad range of insurance products to choose from. Each insurer offers policies with different terms and conditions and exclusions so no two policies are the same. MGA brokers can provide advice on a wide range of general insurance products, both for domestic and business purposes and also have access to insurance policies that are not readily available to consumers.

Shouldn’t I just use an Insurance comparison website?2020-02-19T09:29:31+10:30

Some people turn to insurance comparison sites to look for the cheapest insurance, but that’s not always the best way as price is not the only thing you should consider. The policies you’ll be offered are usually fairly generic and may not meet your individual requirements. MGA brokers can arrange insurance cover on your behalf and provide advice on how to make the most of your insurance budget.

What’s the difference between an insurance agent and an insurance broker?2020-02-19T09:30:24+10:30

The main difference is that an insurance agent is a direct representative of the provider of the insurance policy being offered to you, their responsibility is to sell the products from those insurers and no others. They may be a multi agent where they provide covers from several providers, but they continue to only sell products from those insurers.

An insurance broker on the other hand is able to access many different insurers (excluding those that only sell direct to the public), matching the customer’s needs to the insurance policy and negotiating changes that may be required. Insurance brokers are engaged by the customer and are working on their behalf to source, negotiate, maintain, renew and assist in the claim process. An insurance broker is an advocate for the client, not the insurance company.

Can I pay for my insurance online?2020-02-19T09:30:44+10:30

Yes, you can pay for your insurance online through several different payment methods. Visit www.mga.com/payment-options/ to find a payment method that suits you.

How do I find my policy number?2020-02-19T09:30:53+10:30

Your policy number can be found on the tax invoice that you received when you purchased your policy. View example.

What is a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)?2020-02-19T09:31:02+10:30

A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) provides you with essential information to help you make a decision about whether to buy a particular product. It describes in clear terms the main features and the terms and conditions of the policy. A PDS also provides information about the cooling off period after you purchase the policy in case you change your mind and outlines what you need to do in the unlikely event you have a complaint.