Increased rates and variable capacity are becoming the new norm

The property market continues to feel the impact of high inflation, following year-on-year premium increases since 2020, due to a more challenging risk placement climate. Sourcing suitable levels of commercial property insurance cover and an insurer accepting the risk may be problematic, as a growing number of declines are being seen at this time.

There is a heightened interest in commercial premises occupancy and its nature of use, determining the scope of the risks to be assessed. Additionally, there have been a number of recent cases where renewal terms factor in the neighbouring properties and/or the land space surrounding the insured property, assessing for bushfire or grassfire risk.

In our Business Insurance Market Conditions and Risk Dynamics H2 2023 report, we outline how these risks are influencing the property insurance market, insights include:

  • Renewal premiums remain high as inflationary pressures continue to impact the sector.
  • A greater number of property risks are being declined than previously, with increased rates applied.
  • A rising volume of natural catastrophe and extreme weather related claims have led to market pricing adjustments and reduced capacity.
  • Property insurance business interruption indemnity periods should be reviewed for rebuilding or property reinstatement.

Other topics in the report:

  • Claims — supply shortages and significant weather events drive up claims inflation rate
  • D&O — negotiable premiums provide a more favourable market for companies seeking D&O
  • Cyber — risk awareness takes centre stage as breach response resilience is prioritised
  • Workplace risks — regulators consider tightening measures as the trend towards workers' long-term claims rises
  • Marine & cargo — regulatory scrutiny of business ESG credentials to increase
  • Energy & renewables — insurer appetite is growing in a period of transition

For more insights on the state of the business insurance market in Australia and risk dynamics, download our full report.

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Business Insurance Market Conditions and Risk Dynamics H2 2023

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