Why we are not independent, impartial, or unbiased in relation to the provision of personal advice and the impact of this on you
We, SureInsure Pty Ltd, are not independent, impartial, or unbiased pursuant to section 923A of the Corporations Act because:
We may receive remuneration, commission, gifts or other benefits when we provide personal advice to you in relation to insurance products and other financial products;
We may be subject to direct or indirect restrictions relating to the financial products in respect of which personal advice is provided; and/or
We may have associations or relationships with issuers of insurance products and other financial products.
Further information about these benefits and relationships is set out in this Financial Services Guide. If you have any questions about this information, please ask us.
We will provide you with further information whenever we provide you with advice which takes into account your objectives, financial situation and needs. This information may include the advice that we have given you, the basis of the advice and other information on our remuneration and any relevant associations or interests. This information may be contained in a statement of advice (SOA).
When you ask us to recommend an insurance policy for you, we will usually only consider the policies offered by the insurers or insurance providers that we deal with regularly. In giving you advice about the costs and terms of recommended policies we have not compared those policies to other policies available, other than from those insurers we deal with regularly.
If we offer to arrange the issue of an insurance policy to you, we will also provide you with, or pass on to you, a product disclosure statement (PDS), unless you already have an up to date PDS. The PDS will contain information about the particular policy which will enable you to make an informed decision about purchasing that product.
This FSG applies from 01 July 2021 and remains valid unless a further FSG is issued to replace it. We may give you a supplementary FSG. It will not replace this FSG but will cover services not covered by this FSG.
SureInsure Pty Ltd is responsible for the financial services that will be provided to you, or through to your family members, including the distribution of this FSG.
SureInsure Pty Ltd holds a current Australian Financial Services Licensee no: 525177.
The contact details for SureInsure Pty Ltd are on the front of this FSG.
SureInsure Pty Ltd is authorised to advise and deal in general insurance products to wholesale and/or retail clients. We will do this for you as your broker unless we tell you otherwise.
Maybe not in all cases. However, we may need information about your personal objectives, details of your current financial situation and any relevant information, so that we can arrange insurance policies for you, or to give you advice about your insurance needs. We will ask you for the details that we need to know.
In some cases, we will not ask for any of this information. If we do not ask, or if you do not give us all of the information we ask for, any advice you receive may not be appropriate to your needs, objectives and financial situation.
You should read the warnings contained in any SOA, or any other warnings that we give you, carefully before making any decision about an insurance policy.
Where we provide you with advice about your insurance arrangements, that advice is current at the time that we give it. We will review your insurance arrangements when you inform us about changes in your circumstances, or upon renewal of your insurances.
Many commercial or business contracts contain clauses dealing with your liability (including indemnities or hold harmless clauses). Such clauses may entitle your insurers to reduce cover, or in some cases, refuse to indemnify you at all. You should seek legal advice before signing and accepting contracts. You should inform us of any clauses of this nature before you enter into them.
We maintain a record of your personal profile, including details of insurance policies that we arrange for you. We may also maintain records of any recommendations or advice given to you. We will retain this FSG and any other FSG given to you as well as any SOA or PDS that we give or pass on to you for the period required by law.
If you wish to look at your file, please ask us. We will make arrangements for you to do so.
For each insurance product the insurer will charge a premium that includes any relevant taxes, charges and levies. We often receive a payment based on a percentage of this premium (excluding relevant taxes, charges, and levies) called commission, which is paid to us by the insurers. However, in some cases we will also charge you a fee. These will all be shown on the invoice that we send you. You can choose to pay by any of the payment methods set out in the invoice. You are required to pay us within the time set out on the invoice.
If there is a refund or reduction of your premium as a result of a cancellation or alteration to a policy or based on a term of your policy (such as a premium adjustment provision), we will retain any fee we have charged you. We will also retain commission depending on our arrangements with the insurer or charge you a cancellation fee equal to the reduction in our commission.
When you pay us your premium it will be banked into our trust account. We retain the commission from the premium you pay us and remit the balance to the insurer in accordance with our arrangements with the insurer. We will earn interest on the premium while it is in our trust account, or we may invest the premium and earn a return. We will retain any interest or return on investment earned on the premium.
Our commission will be calculated based on the following formula:
X = Y% x P
In this formula:
X = our commission
Y% = the percentage commission paid to us by the insurer. Our commission varies between 0% and 40%.
P = the amount you pay for any insurance policy (less any government fees or charges included in that amount).
Any fees that we charge you will be $0 to $500 or $0 to 40% of the base premium where we are not entitled for any commission.
We do not often pay any commissions, fees or benefits to others who refer you to us or refer us to an insurer. If we do, we will pay commissions to those people out of our commission or fees (not in addition to those amounts), in the range of 0% to 30% of our commission or fees.
Our employees that will assist you with your insurance needs will be paid a market salary.
We may pay our employees on top of their regular salary additional benefits from our combined income of commission and fees:
Commissions: 0 – 20%
Bonuses: 0 – 5%
Incentives: 0 – $100 gift vouchers
If we give you personal advice, we will inform you of any fees, commission, or other payments we, our associates or anyone referring you to us (or us to any insurer) will receive in relation to the policies that are the subject of the advice.
See below for information on the Steadfast association and commission.
SureInsure Pty Ltd is a Steadfast Group Limited (Steadfast) Network Broker. As a Steadfast Network Broker, we have access to services including model operating and compliance tools, procedures, manuals and training, legal, technical, HR, contractual liability advice and assistance, group insurance arrangements, product comparison and placement support, claims support, group purchasing arrangements and broker support services. These services are either funded by Steadfast, subsidised by Steadfast, or available exclusively to Steadfast Network Brokers for a fee.
Steadfast has arrangements with some insurers and premium funders (Partners) under which the Partners pay Steadfast a fee to access strategic and technological support and the Steadfast Broker Network. Steadfast is also a shareholder of some Partners.
You can obtain a copy of Steadfast’s FSG at www.steadfast.com.au
If we arrange premium funding for you, we may be paid a commission by the premium funder. We may also charge you a fee (or both). The commission that we are paid by the premium funder is usually calculated as a percentage of your insurance premium (including government fees or charges). If you instruct us to arrange or issue a product, this is when we become entitled to the commission.
Our commission rates for premium funding are in the range of 0% to 5% of funded premium. When we arrange premium funding for you, you can ask us what commission rates we are paid for that funding arrangement compared to the other arrangements that were available to you.
Contact us and tell us about your complaint. We will do our best to resolve it quickly.
If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved within 14 days, please contact Kishore Pokala on 07 3519 6999 or put your complaint in writing and send it to Kishore Pokala at the address noted at the beginning of this FSG. We will try and resolve your complaint quickly and fairly.
SureInsure Pty Ltd is a member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). If your complaint cannot be resolved to your satisfaction by us, you have the right to refer the matter to the AFCA. AFCA provides fair and independent financial services complaint resolution that is free to customers. The AFCA can be contacted at:Mailing address – Australian Financial Complaints Authority, GPO Box 3, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Ph – 1800 931 678
Email – email@example.com
Website – www.afca.org.au
SureInsure Pty Ltd has a professional indemnity insurance policy (PI policy) in place.
The PI policy covers us and our employees for claims made against us and our employees by
clients as a result of conduct by us or our employees in the provision of financial services.
Our PI policy will cover us for claims relating to the conduct of representatives who no longer work for us.
This policy satisfies the requirements for compensation arrangements under section 912B of the Corporations Act.
If you have any further questions about the financial services SureInsure Pty Ltd provides, please contact us.
Please retain this document for your reference and any future dealings with SureInsure Pty Ltd.