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Regulatory compulsion propels commercial insurance

Source: Money Management: 26 Oct 2012

Australia is the second largest advanced market in Asia for commercial insurance, not least because of regulatory requirements around issues of professional indemnity, according to new research released by SwissRe.



The research also revealed that Australia ranked just inside the top 10 commercial insurance markets in the world.



The SwissRe Sigma report, released today, said Japan was the largest advanced market in Asia for commercial insurance with premium volumes of US$35.4 billion, followed by Australia with US$11.7 billion.



The report described commercial insurance penetration in Australia as high, mainly driven by the commercial liability market, including workers' compensation insurance.



The SwissRe report noted the number of areas in which Australia had mandatory requirements for commercial insurance cover and specified aviation, maritime oil pollution and residential construction.



The status of the financial planning industry with respect to professional indemnity received an oblique reference, with the SwissRe report noting that "in certain states, medical practitioners, property brokers and stock brokers are also required to have insurance cover".

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