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17 February 2021
SME Insurance
Risk and insurance for your new business
Some new businesses underinsure, or shirk insurance altogether, but managing your risk profile is a top priority. Managing your business risk and having the right business insurance in place can be key to your small business survival.

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As Western Australians were coping with a COVID lock down, another major threat emerged with the horrific bushfires in our foothills.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all the people who have been directly affected by these fires and for the 83 families who have lost their homes.

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05 February 2021
COVID and WA Bushfires
What a week
16 December 2020
Summer Safety
Keep your employees safe this summer
This time last year, many Australians were facing extreme heat and bushfires. Summer heat brings about different risks for you and your employees.

Safe Work Australia reported that over the past 10 years, 1,774 workers’ compensation claims resulted from people working in heat.

How can you keep your employees safe this summer?


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In 2018, $215.2 million was paid for 3,655 lost time compensation claims due to a workplace fall – just in Western Australia.

A fall can have a significant impact on the individual’s emotional, physical and financial wellbeing. Here are some facts and prevention ideas.

Find out ways to prevent falls in your workplace.

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22 October 2020
WA Fall Report for 2020
Workers Compensation
13 October 2020
People Risk Specialists
How Austral helps you manage Workers Compensation
Workers’ Compensation can be complex. Our team is here to help your business navigate the complexities and work towards a fair and equitable outcome for all.

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The concerns about Tik Tok's client data security is also relevant to your business - how secure is your client data?

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12 October 2020
How Tik Tok data security is relevant to your business
Cyber Risk
24 September 2020
Why the pressure on premiums
Managing Management Liability and D&O premiums
It is an increasingly litigious world and as a result Management Liability (Directors and Officers Liability), insurance premiums are increasing, excesses are increasing and terms becoming more restrictive overall.

In this article we discuss the pressure on premiums and what businesses can do to over come this.

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COVID-19 has thrown employers a mountain of challenges and changes. One change that has happened and may be here to stay for some businesses is Working From Home (WFH).

This article reviews the implications for Workers Compensation for WFH.

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17 September 2020
Working From Home Challenges
Workers Compensation
09 September 2020
SME Business Insurance
Making sure you have the right business insurance
Over 98% of all Australian businesses would be classified as small business. They really are the backbone of Australia.

In our experience, we find that many small businesses do not have the right insurance cover in place to protect their business.

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Recent natural disasters and the unprecedented pressures resulting from COVID-19 have resulted in the global insurance market currently experiencing a Hard Market.

What does this mean for your business.

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12 August 2020
A Global Insurance Hard Market
How this impacts your business insurance
26 July 2020
Ted Hicks appointed Chairman for Austral Risk Services
A business update from Austral
Austral Risk Services, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Hicks as our new Chairman.

Ted brings over 60 years’ experience in insurance broking and underwriting to our risk management and insurance broking team.

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Cyber attacks are a real threat to businesses and organisations of all sizes and can cost you millions.

We urge you to take the time to understand the risk to your business and how you can be proactive in managing cyber risk.In this article, we discuss the threat and provide some useful links to resources and information to help you manage cyber risk.

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01 July 2020
Cyber Risk - A serious threat to your business
Here are some actions you can take now
30 June 2020
Workers Compensation - How to Make a Claim
What we need to expedite your claim
Insurers place estimates on Workers Compensation claims based on the information made available to them. In this article, Austral explains what information is needed to make and expedite a claim.

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The National Insurance Brokers of Australia have compiled an excellent resource page of all the benefits businesses are entitled to as a result of COVID-19.

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22 June 2020
COVID 19 - The help your business is entitled to
Find out about the help you can receive today
08 June 2020
Workers Compensation - Understanding State of Connection
What you need to know
The 'state of connection' legislation can be confusing to interpret, and applies to each worker individually, not to the company as a whole. This is important to know as different workers' compensation legislation applies in different states.

In this articles we explain what 'state of connection' means for your business.

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