If you need support with any of our insurance products or services, we’re here to help you.
We’re committed to supporting customers facing financial hardship. Our Financial Hardship Policy can help you access support and services when you need them most.
How we can support you
If you’re in financial stress and are unable to pay money owed to us, we may — in certain circumstances — agree to:
- offer instalment payments
- delay or extend payment terms
- put the recovery of monies on hold
- release your debt (where appropriate)
- agree with you to pay a reduced lump sum amount
- deduct an excess from a claim amount (cash settlement), and/or
- give you access to our financial hardship support team.
Managing our debt collectors
Our agents have been trained to manage financial distress. However, you may still contact us. If you tell our collection agent or solicitor that you’re in financial distress they must notify us and will give you information in writing about our Financial Hardship process.
How to apply for support
If you’re going through financial hardship, please contact us today. We’ll provide you with a form to apply for financial support and help you through the application process.
Please let us know if we can help refer you to external services such as community support and financial counselling services.
Natural disaster and fast tracking of urgent claims
We support all our customers and their communities by responding to catastrophes and natural disasters efficiently, professionally and compassionately.
If a natural disaster has meant you have to make a claim under your policy and caused you financial hardship, we may:
· fast track both our assessment of your claim and the process we follow to make a decision about your claim, and/or
· pay you an advance amount in order to ease your urgent financial need within 5 days once agreed.
If you’re in this position, please let us know – we’re here to support you.
Access to other information and support
Here are free and confidential financial counselling resources that can provide advice to Australians in every state and territory:
- Contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007
- Visit the ASIC MoneySmart website
- View the Good Shepherd website for affordable financial programs to people who are financially excluded