ARPC has published revised premium rates for the Cyclone Reinsurance Pool (cyclone pool) which commenced operations on 1 July 2022.
The cyclone premium rates that insurers will pay to the pool were revised after a consultation period on the initial rates was extended with new rates released on 1 October 2022.
As a result, $776 million in annual premiums will now be collected by the cyclone pool – a 10 per cent, or $91 million reduction in premiums, from $867 million.
The $91 million reduction in premiums is comprised of the following:
Revised risk assessment for Western Australia:
– $45 m
Revised risk assessment for strata buildings:
– $17 m
Increase to non-insurance assumption in high wind risk regions:
– $29 m
– $91 m
The pricing formula designed by ARPC is designed:
- to be cost-neutral to Government over the longer term
- not to charge a profit margin, thereby increasing savings available to policyholders and insurers
- to lower the reinsurance cost for most policies with medium-to-high exposure to cyclone risk
- to maintain incentives for risk reduction and offer discounts for properties that undertake mitigation, and
- to encourage policyholders to engage in strategies to mitigate cyclone and related flooding risks, while the discounts will assist in improving the affordability and sustainability of property insurance over time.
Pricing responsibility stays with insurers
Responsibility for setting insurance premiums stays with insurers, and they are responsible for commercial decisions on how they set them.
Costs may be affected by other factors, including changing calculations of risk, changes to labour costs, and changes in building costs.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will use its price monitoring powers to collect data to assess whether the savings from the reinsurance pool are being passed through to policyholders.
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