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Public liability insurance is designed for professionals who interact with customers or members of the public. It helps protect against claims of personal injury or property damage that a third party suffers (or claims to have suffered) as a result of your business operations.

In real terms, this means that if someone slips and falls on your business premises, or their property is damaged while you’re providing a service, they may take legal action against you or your business to recover their loss.

Public liability insurance is designed to help protect your business depending on the policy you take out,  covers incidents that occur in your workplace, as well as incidents at other locations.

Public liability insurance only covers claims made by external parties, not those made by your own employees. If you work with clients or customers, or in public spaces, it’s important to protect your business against claims of damage or injury. That’s why we often include public liability insurance in our industry-specific Business Insurance packages.

These packages are tailored to meet the unique requirements of your industry. As well as public liability insurance, they may also include product liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance cover.

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With Australia having been coined the second most litigious society in the world after the US, the importance of Public Liability insurance is undeniable. Nowadays, it’s very easy for people to access information about their legal rights, making businesses more susceptible to having claims of third party damage or injury brought against them.

If you have clients or other members of the public visiting you on your business premises, there is always a risk they may slip and fall whilst there, or have their property damaged as a result of your service.

Whilst these sorts of incidents may seem rare, if they do happen, by the time you add up the cost of legal fees to defend yourself or your business, and any potential damages you must pay, the cost can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. This is why public liability Insurance is so crucial. It may not be mandatory for certain professions, but as a small business owner, you may not have that kind of cash lying around, so a potential negligence or injury claim could be enough to make you go out of business.

  • Legal Liability

    Damages you’re legally responsible to pay, as decided by a court, as well as the other party’s costs, for damage to someone’s property and personal injury to a third party.

  • Legal costs

    Your legal costs are covered, even if a court decides you’re not responsible for the allegation

    * Subject to the full terms, conditions, exclusions and limits of the policy

Common reasons

“Classy Hotel”, a small but busy hotel who were well known for their great swimming pool and casino, had a customer trip on the lawns and file a lawsuit against them for injury they suffered in their grounds. The customer was 80 years old with a physical disablement and was also under the influence of alcohol. There were clear signs to warn customers to walk carefully and only on the marked footpath. The customer sued Classy Hotels for personal injury caused as she believed the business had breached their duty of care to her by not maintaining the lawns. The hotel’s liability insurance covered the legal costs to defend the business in court, as well as the compensation which the business was held liable to pay the client. Due to the prior injuries and the customer being under the influence, the business was successfully able to argue that they had not breached their standard of care.

What could lead to a claim?

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You provided incorrect professional advice or services

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You breached a contract

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You breached confidentiality or copyright

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You caused injury to a customer

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You lost a customer’s documentation or data

Who needs Public Liability Insurance?

Is Public Liability Insurance mandatory?

Who may not need Public Liability Insurance?

Do I need Public Liability cover if I'm self-employed?

Do I need Public Liability Insurance if I'm an employee?

Is Public Liability cover tax-deductible?

Does Public Liability cover employees?

I've taken out Business Insurance, do i need Public Liability insurance cover too?

What is the difference between Public Liability and Product Liability?

What does Public Liability not cover?

I'm a tradie, can I arrange Public Liability Insurance through Aon?

As a professional, what other types of insurance might I need?

What is the difference between Professional Indemnity insurance and Public Liability insurance?

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Insurance tailored for your profession

We arrange insurance tailored for many different professions, from health professionals and musicians, to real estate agents and accountants and many in between.

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Pay by month or by year, whatever works best for you.

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If the worst should happen and a claim is made against you, as an insurance broker we can help manage the claim for you.

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