A premium is the amount customers pay for their insurance. What you pay will vary on your personal circumstances.

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Where Do Premiums Go?

Once premiums are collected by us, what does the amount go towards? The following shows the main areas, based on specific data we have looked at (see below).

Claims

Naturally, you'd expect one of the largest parts of the premium collected are used to help payout claims. Claims are an important part of what we do to help protect what matters to you.

Government Taxes & Charges

A part of the premium goes towards government taxes and charges. After we have calculated the amount to cover your insurance policy, any applicable stamp duty, GST, charge and levy is then applied.

Reinsurance

A part of the premium collected goes towards paying our insurance premium to reinsurance providers. We purchase additional cover of reinsurance to protect against the exposure to large scale events such as storms, floods and cyclones. This helps us maintain our ability to payout claims.

Profit

Like any business, we need to make a profit to ensure we can continue running our business year after year. Our profit can vary significantly from year to year depending on whether there were large scale events like storms, floods and cyclones.

Expenses

Every business has operating costs that enable them to continue their operations and service their customers. That's why a percentage of the insurance premium goes towards the operating cost of running our business. We also invest in the technologies and products that would improve the services we provide to you.

What data did we use?

The chart above is based on data aggregated across all AAI Home Policies and is calculated based on the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. The data may vary from time to time, depending on the measurement period.

AAI Home Policies mean home building, home contents, home and contents (including fire and theft contents), landlord building, landlord contents, landlord building and contents, strata insurance and relocatable home policies of all the AAI Brands, issued by AAI Limited and includes policies with all types of optional covers. It does not include any home cover sold under a business policy.

AAI Brands mean AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Apia, Shannons, CIL Insurance, Terri Scheer, Vero and Essentials by AAI.

Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

This information is intended to be of a general nature and for information purposes only. 'Where do premiums go' may differ and may change from time to time. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it - please make your own enquiries.

What Impacts Premium?

The below general information is relevant to Shannons home and contents insurance (unless otherwise stated). Please refer to your relevant policy documents for more detail.

Many factors can impact the amount of premium that we charge our customers, some key matters are set out below. In addition to change in circumstances impacting your cover, premiums are also impacted by changes in our pricing practice, pricing factors and how we calculate premiums from time to time.

Sum Insured

Sum insured is the most you can claim for any one incident less any deductions that apply, unless stated otherwise in your relevant PDS. Repairs on high value homes also tend to cost more, resulting in higher premiums.

Location

In some areas of Australia, natural disasters or severe weather events can happen more often and therefore, location can impact the premium more substantively. Certain areas with higher risk of theft, vandalism and other similar incidents will also affect the premium.

Building Materials

The materials used to build a home will affect the premium charged, in particular the roof and wall materials as these are what protects a home from outside elements.

Excess

Excess is the amount you ordinarily have to pay for each incident when you make a claim. If you choose a higher excess, you may be out of pocket more when making a claim. A higher excess reduces our claims cost meaning we can reduce your premium. Higher excess means a lower premium, lower excess means a higher premium.

Claims

A premium may change depending on the total amount of claims we receive each year. If we receive more claims than expected, premiums can be impacted.

Government Taxes & Charges

After we have calculated the amount to cover your insurance policy any applicable stamp duty, GST, charge and levy is then applied. Government taxes and charges may change from time to time.

How Can I Review My Premium?

The below general information is relevant to Shannons home and contents insurance (unless otherwise stated). Please refer to your relevant policy documents for more detail.

Review your policies to make sure all details are correct. Some changes can impact your premium if they affect the premium factors. Below are some ways you can influence how much premium you pay under our suite of Shannons home and contents product, where relevant. When reviewing your policy, you should always consider your own personal circumstances and check whether your policy suits your own needs.

Changing your Home and Contents Excess

By increasing your home and contents excess it will lower your premium. However, decreasing your home and contents excess will mean you will pay a higher premium.

Sum Insured

The amount you select as the sum insured for your home and/or contents sum insured will also influence your premium.

On renewal we also consider a range of factors that can influence the cost to rebuild the home and/or replace your contents and may choose to adjust the home and contents sum insured shown on your certificate of insurance at the end of each period of insurance.

This is to account for various factors including inflationary trends. However, at each renewal, you need to consider if the level of sum insured is sufficient for your situation and contact us if it is not appropriate.

Multi-Policy Discount

If you have a motor policy with Shannons and then take out a Home and Contents policy with us, you will receive a discount of up to 10% off your Home and Contents premium.

Discounts are also a factor that can affect your premium. The premium you pay for your insurance includes any discounts we have given you. Any discounts are usually calculated and applied before the application of government taxes, charges and levies.

Occasionally special discounts or promotions are offered in our marketing campaigns. If we do this, separate terms and conditions may apply.

If you are eligible for more than one discount, we usually apply any subsequent discount to the already discounted premium. The amount and type of discounts offered can change or be withdrawn.

Our policies may be subject to minimum premiums.

To make changes to your policy, log in online to your account to update the changes or give us a call on 13 46 46.

This information is intended to be of a general nature and for information purposes only. What your premium goes towards may differ and may change from time to time. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it - please make your own enquiries.

The information provided is accurate and true as of 7th September 2020, noting we may change our pricing practice (and the premium factors) from time to time.

Shannons Pty Limited ABN 91 099 692 636 (Shannons) is an authorised representative of AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 (AAI Limited), the issuer Shannons home and contents insurance. Consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision about this insurance. This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situation or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.

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