Buyer Beware: Home Insurance, Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Jun 05, 2014 - 1:00am

In many parts of the country, climate change is mixing with natural variability to pile on the risk of damage to Australian homes. Where Australians live, the design of settlements, the cost of housing, and whether homes are insurable or not are not issues of the future, but very much issues of today.

The Climate Institute, together with CHOICE, commissioned independent risk analysts Climate Risk to take a snapshot of how the home insurance industry is responding to climate risk. The study, Buyer Beware: Home Insurance, Extreme Weather and Climate Change, offers a preliminary analysis of changes in premiums, policies, and insurability. The research reveals the growing risks for homeowners and also offers important new tools to assist homebuyers to assess current and future risk to what is often the biggest asset purchase of their lives.

To access the media release click here.

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Key findings of the Buyers-Beware report, examining the impacts of climate change on home insurance.
Big price differences in insurance premiums may indicate some companies know more about climate risks.
Buyers should take special care in hazard-prone areas as not all hazards are insurable.

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This report was prepared by Climate Risk and commissioned by The Climate Institute, together with CHOICE.

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