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Changes to Building Indemnity Insurance - South Australia 20/06/2017

Significant changes are coming to Building Indemnity Insurance in South Australia from 1 July 2017. Read more

Upcoming Building Indemnity Insurance changes in SA 09/06/2017

The South Australian Government Financing Authority (SAFA) has recently announced a number of changes to Building Indemnity (BI) Insurance which come into effect on 1 July 2017. Read more

Major changes announced to Victorian Domestic Building Insurance 07/06/2017

At 3pm today, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) announced a major change to their Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) service model. Read more

Important Domestic Building Insurance Changes for Victoria 31/05/2017

The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) has recently announced pending changes to their Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) service model. Read more

Product Recall – Eaton Industries Pty Ltd – Eaton Quicklag ELQ Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker 09/05/2017

MBAIS has been made aware of a product recall by Eaton Industries Pty Ltd.  The recalled product is the Eaton Quicklag ELQ Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker, manufactured between 1 April 2004 and 15 December 2016.  The affected models can be identified by the presence of a green test button.  Products... Read more

MBAIS (ACT) is 'Open for Business' 08/03/2017

Following the recent decision by Master Builders ACT to join forces with MBAIS, we are delighted to announce the opening of our ACT office, housed within the Master Builders ACT offices in Fyshwick.  MBAIS (ACT) officially opened for business on Tuesday 14th March. Read more

SA Building Indemnity Fee Changes with effect 01/01/2017 22/12/2016

MBA Insurance Services would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our business, and MBASA. Read more

Home Warranty - Generational Change 20/12/2016

In November 2016 the NSW Government announced changes to the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) that constitute a generational change to the home warranty system in NSW. Read more

Cut off date for DBI / Home Warranty certificate applications! 13/12/2016

To ensure your DBI / Home Warranty certificates are issued prior to Christmas, please have completed applications submitted by Sunday 18th December 2016.  Please ensure applications are submitted with all the required supporting documentation by the 18th to avoid any potential delays to your certificate/s being issued.  For any queries... Read more

MBAIS Christmas Closure Dates 06/12/2016

We wish to advise that our final working day for 2016 will be Friday 23rd December.  We will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  We wish you a safe and happy festive season, and look forward to working with you next year! Read more

NSW Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) Generational Change 11/11/2016

On the 3rd November the NSW Government announced a significant overhaul of the HBCF that administers home owners warranty in NSW. Read more

Changes to the Victorian DBI Scheme 28/10/2016

Yesterday the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) made an announcement about future changes to the Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) Scheme, which are set to take effect on 1 July 2017. Read more

Storms in South Australia 29/09/2016

With yesterday's storms causing havoc across the state of South Australia, our team is pleased to be up and running again. However, with more storms expected today, there is a chance we may lose power again, so please bear with us and know that we will respond to you as... Read more

Recognising Women in the Industry! 22/09/2016

Congratulations to our very own Leeanne Farmer who recently won the Master Builders Newcastle 'Women in Building Recognition Award'. Read more

It's All About the Kids! 13/09/2016

MBA Insurance Services is proud to have supported a great community project coordinated by Fairmont Homes NSW.  Read more

Weather Update - Above average rain for Eastern and Northern Australia 03/08/2016

Have you considered weather certificates to protect your business from losses due to adverse weather? Read more

Specialist Brokers in High Demand 25/07/2016

Customers demand better service and more accurate advice, whilst Insurers prefer to deal with more informed brokers, because their portfolios are consistently more profitable to them, than those of general insurance brokers. Therefore, apart from our ‘signature’ products such as Construction Works and Home Warranty, we’re building our expertise in other... Read more

MBAIS – Coming to a NSW office near you! 25/07/2016

To support this commitment to regional areas in New South Wales, MBAIS has recently promoted Dele Omisore and Joel Beater within our business, which sees them now regularly working from the Norwest and Wollongong offices respectively. Read more

When a cheap policy becomes an expensive claim! 25/07/2016

What is value? According to the online Oxford Dictionary, value is ‘the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something’. Read more

Celebrating our Staff 25/07/2016

As some of our younger staff members were taking their first steps in life, Gary Morris (pictured on the left with Victorian State Manager, Joe Keiper) was walking into the MBAV building for his first day of work, and last month we had the pleasure of celebrating his 20 year... Read more

Staff Profile: Quenten Watkins 25/07/2016

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South Australia Building Indemnity Rate Increases - Act Now & Save ! 19/05/2016

The SA Government has recently announced premium increases, that will come into effect on 1 July 2016, for the following residential builder segments. Read more

MBAIS South Australia is Open for Business 01/04/2016

We’ve already received a flood of call and email enquiries from both existing and new clients. Our enthusiastic team of Quenten, Alison and Mardi have been really encouraged by your support. Read more

Snowed under by Home Warranty paperwork? 01/04/2016

We do our best to simplify your obligations under government legislation, however we too, are somewhat hamstrung by the process. Read more

Tips For Covering Your Tools and Equipment 01/04/2016

The typical construction site is an irresistible temptation for thieves. Security is often minimal, valuable equipment and materials are left unattended for extended periods of time, and it can be difficult for would-be witnesses to differentiate acts of theft from the routine movement of equipment on and off site. Read more

Protecting You and Your Loved Ones 01/04/2016

MBAIS receives regular enquiries about Life Insurance and Income Protection cover, with clients concerned with policy coverage limitations and unfair exclusions. Your future earning potential is your greatest asset, so it’s important to have the right cover in place to protect your future earnings and lifestyle. Read more

Staff Profile: Sally Martin 01/04/2016

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Infinity Cable Recall 25/02/2016

In August 2014 the ACCC made a mandatory recall for Infinity Electrical cables being “All sizes and configurations of the white TPS (thermoplastic-sheathed) and Orange Round mains power cables, branded Infinity and Olsent” Read more

MBA Insurance Services takes to the field! 16/02/2016

MBA Insurance Services was proud to partner with Master Builders Association of Victoria to participate in the Biggest Game of Cricket and raise funds for the Ponting Foundation which provides valuable supports young Australians and their families beat cancer. Read more

NSW Home Warranty - Your Business Structure. Are you considering changing your structure? 21/01/2016

The Federal Government recently provided draft legislation for small business to change their legal structure with no tax consequences, if they meet certain criteria. You may be in the process of discussing this legislation with your accountant or tax professional. Read more

Protecting Your Livelihood and Your Loved Ones 11/01/2016

MBA Insurance Services is pleased to have partnered with Wheeler Life Insurance Advisers in providing you with a solution for your Income Protection and Life Insurance needs. Read more

MBAIS 2015 Christmas Shutdown Period 15/12/2015

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MBAIS Fact Sheets - simplifying insurance one fact at a time! 10/12/2015

We understand that insurance can be a little confusing at times, so we have developed a range of ‘Fact Sheets’ to make life easier for you! Read more

MBAIS Mo’s doing their bit for men’s health! 03/12/2015

MBA Insurance Services was once again pleased to support the Movember initiative, with a number of our staff across the country joining the MBAIS Mo’s to raise valuable funds to go towards research into, and raising awareness of men’s health issues. Read more

Home Indemnity Rate Increase - WA 20/11/2015

Since November 2013 the WA Government has provided 100% reinsurance for all Home Indemnity Insurance certificates issues by QBE and Calliden.  To strengthen their underwriting, the Government has announced premium increases that will come into effect in January 2016. Read more

Workers Compensation NSW – Introducing icare 29/10/2015

From 1 September 2015, WorkCover NSW has been replaced by 3 new government agencies as part of the changes being made to the Workers Compensation system in NSW. Read more

Workers Compensation NSW – Changes to Benefits 29/10/2015

Following on from the recent restructure of the Workers Compensation system in NSW, changes are being introduced to benefits for injured workers.  The reforms taking effect from 16 October 2015 are summarised below. Read more

Changes to Home Warranty NSW 21/08/2015

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MBAIS (SA) is 'Open for Business' 03/08/2015

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NSW - Changes to HBCF effective 4th August 2015 22/07/2015

The attached .pdf document outlines Important Changes to the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) effective 4 August 2015. Read more

MBASA To Join Forces with MBAIS 23/06/2015

The Master Builders Association of South Australia has just announced a new partnership with MBAIS effective 20 July, 2015. Read more

NSW - Changes to HBCF 11/06/2015

Following the recent Press Release by Hon. Victor Dominello surrounding titled “Red tape reduction a boost for home building sector”, MBA Insurance Services are now able to provide the following clarification around changes being made to the Home Building Compensation Fund effective 4th August 2015. Read more

NSW - Victor Dominello MP - Media Release - Red Tape Reduction A Boost For Home Building Sector 10/06/2015

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Changes to Home Warranty NSW - effective 4th August, 2015 29/05/2015

On the 4th August 2015, the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) framework will change, placing more onus on builders when finalising contracts. Read more

Victorian DBI Update - VMIA Initiatives (Amended) 27/05/2015

Last year on 4th June we advised you of some immediate changes, and potential changes, to the Domestic Building Insurance Scheme in Victoria. Read more

Another 5 Years To Celebrate! 13/05/2015

Following on from our trifecta of staff anniversaries last week, this week we celebrate the 5 year service anniversary of Adam Myers, an Account Executive in our Sydney office.  Adam has seen a number of changes over his years with MBA Insurance Services, and has a great focus on client... Read more

Celebrating Our Staff 05/05/2015

This week we have celebrated three staff service anniversaries with MBA Insurance Services.  In a world where tenures of 5 years are becoming increasingly less common, we take this opportunity to thank Kevin, Nick and Carmel for their respective contributions to our business over the past 5 years. Read more

Important Fact #3 - Professional Indemnity Insurance 12/03/2015

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2015 Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Guide to Standards and Tolerances 03/03/2015

To view the 2015 Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Guide to Standards and Tolerances Read more

Important Fact #2 - Insurance for Hired-In Plant and Equipment 04/02/2015

When hiring in plant and equipment, builders often agree to the hire company insuring the items.  The hire company passes on the cost of this insurance to the builder and a damage waiver applies.  The limitations of the insurance are set out in the hire agreement. Read more

Important Fact #1 - Statutory Liability Insurance 12/01/2015

Builders usually buy Statutory Liability Insurance to protect against fines and penalties imposed for a breach of Workplace Health & Safety and Environmental Protection legislation. Read more

Changes to Home Warranty in NSW 07/01/2015

Important Announcement for Domestic Builders - Changes to Home Warranty in NSW Read more

MBA Insurance Services supporting the Community 23/12/2014

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Closing date for Home Warranty / Domestic Building Applications for 2014 11/12/2014

In preparation for our Christmas shutdown period, we wish to advise that all Home Warranty / Domestic Building Applications must be submitted prior to 18 December to be processed before Christmas.  Read more

Staff Appointments - MBA Insurance 17/11/2014

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Sally Martin to the newly created role of National Retail Broking Manager.  Read more

Things are getting hairy at MBA Insurance Services! 12/11/2014

MBA Insurance Services is proud to be supporting Movember again this year with staff in our Melbourne and Perth offices getting behind this great cause! Read more

Welcome Joe Keiper, State Manager - Victoria 29/09/2014

Joe Keiper joins MBAIS today in the role of State Manager Victoria, following Luke Hueston's recent relocation north to take on the role of State Manager NSW. Read more

NEW Home Warranty Application For Job-Specific Policy (VIC Only) 28/08/2014

The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) have introduced a new Job-Specific Single Application form for Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) in Victoria, in addition to the new application form the following pages of the building contract will need to accompany the application: Read more

Victoria Gash - Winner of CGU UBuild Competition 28/07/2014

During the last six weeks of the 2013/14 financial year CGU ran a competition to promote CGU's enhanced online Construction quote and bind tool. Read more

Home Warranty - (Update) - Major Builder Review Criteria (NSW only) 15/07/2014

The Home Warranty Insurance Fund (HWIF), the department of the NSW government that support Home Warranty have changed the criteria to be classified as a Major Builder.Effective from the 1st July 2014 a Major Builders is a builder that is: Read more

NSW Home Warranty Insurance 19/06/2014

- Change to Major Builder Eligibility Reviews -Please be advised that the NSW Home Warranty Insurance Fund (HWIF) has updated Fact Sheet 11 - Major Builder Eligibility Reviews, to take effect from 1st July 2014 (see attached_ Fact Sheet 11 - Major Builder Eligibility Review (effective 1 July 2014). Read more

Commercial Building Licence Reforms Update 12/06/2014

Minister Matthew Guy yesterday confirmed that mandatory Commercial Structural Defects Insurance will be abolished with effect from 30th June 2014. We have attached yesterdays media release for your reference.  Read more

Changes to Home Warranty (Victoria) – effective 1 July 2014 12/06/2014

Please note that effective from the 1st July 2014, Home Warranty in Victoria will change as follows: Read more

Building Legislation Amendment Bill (Victoria) 04/06/2014

Building Bill takes aim at buildersThe State Government has proposed significant reforms that will impact builders across Victoria.In between political power plays on Spring Street, State Parliament is next week expected to debate the Building Legislation Amendment Bill. Read more

Aust Mens over 35's Hockey Team participant 29/04/2014

Our National Home Warranty Advisor, Greg Koster has recently returned from touring in Singapore with the Australian Men's over 35's Hockey Team. Greg was selected in a squad of 28 players from the National Titles held in Sydney last September, which was narrowed down to 18 for the trip. Read more

MBAWA - Ride Against Suicide on 3 May, 2014 01/04/2014

Get the bike out, dust off the leathers and hit the road with our WA State Manager, Nick Vernon as he joins Master Builders Association of Western Australia in the Ride Against Suicide on Saturday 3rd May. MBA Insurance Services is proud to have Nick help raise money for the MATES... Read more

Understanding Management Liability Insurance 24/03/2014

Management Liability Insurance protects you and the company against the risks and exposures of running the company (i.e. your liability for mismanagement).Without adequate protection you could risk losing, not only your business, but also your personal assets. Read more

Motor Fleet Insurance 28/02/2014

A company vehicle being off the road is an inconvenience and can quickly mean significant disruption and cost to a business. Motor Fleet Insurance is an insurance product designed to protect your business vehicles against losses stemming from the ownership and operation of a motor vehicle. Read more

MBAWA - Housing Excellence Awards 26/02/2014

MBA Insurance Services was proud to be a sponsor of the Master Builders Association of Western Australia's Housing Excellence Awards on the weekend.We would like to congratulate all award winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements. For all the details, visit the mbawa website here Read more

What Is The Role of an Insurance Broker? 18/02/2014

What is the role of an insurance broker?Insurance brokers are professional advisers who work on behalf of their clients. They help clients identify their exposures and risks by understanding their business, to determine what needs insuring and what can be managed in other ways. Read more

Public Liability – Essential for All Businesses 03/02/2014

All businesses must carry a current Public Liability policy, no matter what their size and no matter what their occupation. It doesn't even matter whether or not you are directly exposed to the 'public'. When a third party suffers 'personal injury' (a term that is extremely broadly interpreted by Courts)... Read more

Weather Derivatives 09/01/2014

Last week construction companies in and around Brisbane lost between 2 -3 days work due to the heat wave conditions where temperatures soared to 40º plus.An MBA Insurance Services / Celsius Pro inclement weather cover solution can assist.For further enquiries please email Richard Grounds in our Melbourne office: rgrounds@mbais.com.au  Read more

NEW Multiple Building Works Application & Definitions 09/12/2013

MBA Insurance Services have been advised by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) they have introduced for Domestic Building Insurance (DBI) in Victoria a new Multiple Building Works application form (Supersedes current Multi-Unit development applicaton form).There are now three (3) scenario's where this form will be required and classified as... Read more

MBA Insurance Services In The Media 05/12/2013

Nick Vernon, WA State Manager recently featured on the Home in WA television show, focusing on Home Indemnity Insurance requirements in residential building. Read more

Home Indemnity insurance arrangement extended in WA 04/07/2013

The State Government has reached an agreement with QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited that will see the insurer continue to provide home indemnity insurance in Western Australia for the next three months. Building Commissioner Peter Gow said an extension of the previous terms and conditions up to 30 September 2013 had been... Read more

Home Warranty Premiums increases (VIC) 07/05/2013

MBA Insurance Services have been advised by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) that they will increase Home Warranty premiums in the coming month.The VMIA have advised that they will increase three classes of premium:• Category A Builders;• Builders that are not on the current variable rate premium (Flat Rate... Read more

Home Warranty Rates Increasing in WA and SA 05/02/2013

Due to the continued decline in residential building activity as a consequence of unfavorable economic conditions, there has been a significant increase in builder insolvencies and subsequently, home owner claims.As a result, from 18 March 2013, QBE will be making the following adjustments to the pricing of their Home Warranty... Read more

QBE to withdraw from Home Warranty market in SA

Following the recent 50% increase in rates on 18 March 2013, QBE has now advised the South Australian Government that it is withdrawing from the Home Warranty Insurance market with effect from 1 July 2013.QBE has reassessed their position and consider it no longer viable as further sizeable premium increases... Read more

Tradesman - Protecting Your Livelihood

There are many misnomers about insurance, particularly in the building industry where there can be many pitfalls for those obtaining incorrect advice, not reviewing documentation or seeking to minimise cost by reducing cover.This is due to a common anecdote that 'it will never happen to me', or 'I am a... Read more

Domestic Building Registration (VIC)

The 'General Declarations' statements previously offered by the Building Practitioners Board when renewing your building registration is no longer be available, having ceased from 1st April 2012.All registered Domestic Builders in Victoria are required to provide a Letter of Eligibility from their Domestic Building Insurer stating that they have current... Read more

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