Financial Services Guide

At Risk Assist Australia, we aim to make you feel totally at ease with the services we offer. In doing so we are providing you with this easy-to-understand Financial Services Guide. It is designed to answer your frequently asked questions. If you’d like more information or clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission(ASIC) requires us to provide retail clients with a Financial Services Guide, before we provide any advisory services.

Our Financial Services Guide(FSG) is designed to assist you in deciding whether or not to use any of the services offered in the Guide. It contains information about remuneration paid to us and our Authorised Representatives in relation to the services offered and what to do if you have a complaint about our services.

If you are a retail client and you proceed to deal with us, you may also be provided with other documentation including Statements of Advice(SoA), Product Disclosure Documents(PDS) or other regulated documents.

A Statement of Advice comprehensively details important information about the recommendations we are making to you in relation to the provision of Financial Services.

Where we are recommending a particular financial product, you may also receive a Product Disclosure Statement.

A Product Disclosure Statement contains important information about the financial products being recommended.

Before you commit to accepting any recommendations made to you, you should have been provided with a Statement of Advice and/or a Product Disclosure Statement. There are some circumstances in which these documents do not need to be provided.

If you have not been provided with these documents, and think that they should have been provided, please contact us on (02)9853 3267 and we shall endeavour to provide them to you.

Who are we?

Charter Group General Insurance Pty Ltd t/as Risk Assist Australia is an Australian Financial Services Licensee under the Corporations Act. We are a uthorised to arrange and advise on a range of general insurance products.

We are a general insurance broker with a reputation for professionalism and a commitment to understanding our client’s insurance needs, concerns and issues.

Because we are committe d to the professionalism of our industry we to the General Insurance Brokers’ Code of Practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section key information is provided in answer to the following questions. If you’d like more information or clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Before you get our advice

Q. Who is responsible for the advice I receive?

A. Charter Group General Insurance Pty Ltd T/As Risk Assist Australia will be responsible for the advice provided to you by our representatives. Our representatives are competent and experienced professionals who will work with you to obtain cover appropriate for your needs and circumstances.

Q. What financial services are available to me?

Risk Assist Australia can arrange for the issue, variation and cancellation of general insurance such as your home contents insurance or motor vehicle insurance.

Essentially, this means that you can contact us for advice on or assistance with:

  • New business insurance – You should contact us to obtain insur ance cover for a risk, property or asset that is not currently insured.
  • Renewals – We can ensure continuity of insurance cover or arrange temporary cover.
  • Endorsements or Variations – If your circumstances change, we can assist you to review the adequacy of your cover or vary your insurance.
  • Claims – We can assist and advise you in the initial management of your claim and Charter Group General Insurance with the insurer on your behalf.

The financial product advice we provide to you may either be general, which is non specific, or personal in that it will consider your personal needs and circumstances. We try to always provide personal financial product advice to our retail clients, but if we can’t we’ll draw this to your attention.

Depending on your needs and requirements, we can provide different levels of service, for example from general advice on a particular product to personal advice that considers your personal circumstances and objectives.

In order to be able to provide you with recommendations that are appropriate to your personal needs and circumstances, we’ll need you to provide us current information about your situation, your objectives and other relevant matters. We’ll also need you to fully disclose information about the risks to be insured.

In the event that you are unable or unwilling to do this, or if we don’t obtain the required information, we may not be able to help you because we will not be able to make appropriate recommendations. Even if we do advise you, it is important that you carefully review the appropriateness of our advice before acting on our recommendation. We will clearly warn you if we consider that we do not possess the information we require to provide you with advice.

It is important that you understand your obligation to provide the insurer with all the information they require to make an informed decision about the risk, asset or property you want to insure. To assist them to assess the risk and the appropriate premium, the law requires you to disclose all the information you know, or should know, that is relevant to the insurer’s decision whether to provide cover or determine the terms of cover. For example, you should disclose your history of losses or claims.

Your failure to disclose relevant information may void your cover or prejudice any claim so it is important that you are as open and honest as possible.

This duty extends to notifying your insurer of any significant changes that occur during the period of your insurance. We consider it critically important that your insurance is adequate and accurately reflects your circumstances.

Remember that in the event of a claim, if your insurance is inadequate to cover the loss, you may be required to bear a proportion of the loss or claim.

You should also ensure that the insurer is aware of everyone who has an interest in the property or asset to be insured so that their interests are protected.

If you have any questions about your duty of disclosure you should ask us to assist.

Q. How will I pay for the services? What commission/fee do you get, and how is it calculated?

A. We have an open, honest fee structure and are committed to ensuring that you know the cost of any recommendation we may provide to you.

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. A summary of our commission percentages will range between 0 and 25%.

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 disclosed to you either in our SoA or on our Invoice 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 10% of our commission or fees.

Our employees that will assist you with your insurance needs will be paid a market salary which may include, for the policies we arrange for you, a small percentage of our commission or fees.

The insurer pays this commission out of its own revenue stream, which, in effect, is a form of discounting its own product margin. Insurers are willing to do this because of the competitive nature of the market and such commissions are not a direct cost paid by the insured.

We may from time to time receive some form of material benefit from our insurer contacts. These may include administration support, commission over – ride, subsidies or performance bonuses. Any relevant specific benefits will be disclosed in the Statement of Advice.

We can also assist you to obtain finance to enable you to pay your premium(s) by installments. We can arrange premium funding on your behalf or refer you to a premium funder. Please be aware that premium funders do charge you interest for the service. You should also understand that we may receive a commission of 0% to 2% from the funder for arranging the finance.

When you get our advice

Q. Will the advice I receive be appropriate for me and my circumstances?

A. To properly consider your insurance needs and objectives, and to deliver recommendations which are designed to satisfy your requirements, we will need to obtain from you key facts as to your business and personal circumstances, such as your financial needs and requirements.

Of course, you have the right not to share this information with us. In this case, we may not be able to advise you, or, if we do, we are required to warn you of the possible consequences.

To determine the appropriateness of the advice provided to you, you should read the warnings carefully as the scope of the advice provided to you will be limited as a consequence of you exercising your right not to disclose all the information sought by us.

We will explain any significant risks associated with recommended solutions, as well as the risks associated with not acting on the recommended solutions. If we don’t, you should ask us to explain the risks to you. Our Statement of Advice and/or a Product Disclosure Statement will contain important information in this regard.

Q. What information is maintained in my file, and can I examine it?

A. We will maintain a record of your personal profile, including details of your insurance objectives and needs and any other information relating to your specific financial situation. We will also maintain records of any recommendations we make.

As professional advisers, we are committed to ensuring the privacy and security of your personal information in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2001 (Privacy Act).

You have a general right to examine the relevant contents of your file and you should have been provided with our privacy statement, which details our approach to privacy.

Should you wish to examine your file please ask us and we will make all necessary arrangements. Further details on our information handling policy can be obtained by contacting our Privacy Officer on phone:(02)9853 3267, or put your complaint in writing and send it to us at: Risk Assist Australia or Fax (02)9853 3201 or email us at gnoble@riskaa.com.au.

Q. What can you do if you are not happy with the insurance policy provided?

A. Our commitment to providing you with considered advice should ensure that our recommendations are appropriate for your circumstances. However, if you are not satisfied, please note that the legislation regulating advice given in relation to retail products allows for a 14 day cooling off period.

This means that if you are not happy with the product, you have 14 days from the time you have received the policy to withdraw from the contract at no cost to you. If this is the case, please ensure that you inform us of your decision immediately to assist us in appropriately notifying the insurer.

Q. What to do if you need to cancel your policy?

A. If you wish to cancel your policy, your request must be written andcounter signed by all co-insured persons.

Q. If you cancel, what refunds do you receive?

A. In most cases you will be entitled to a full pro-rata premium refund (this may vary dependant upon the type of cover provided). Our brokerage fees will not bere funded upon any cancellation.

If you have any complaints

Q. Who can I talk to if I have a complaint about the advisory services?

A. If you have a complaint about the services provided, or about our authorised representatives, you should take the following steps:

Please call us on (02) 9853 3267 or put your complaint in writing and send it to us at: Risk Assist Australia at:

Po Box 8298, Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2153
Fax (02) 9853 3201
Email: gnoble@riskaa.com.au

We will endeavour to resolve your complaint quickly and fairly.

If you still don’t receive a satisfactory outcome, Charter Group General Insurance is a member of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), a free consumer service. Further information is available from our office, or contact FOS directly on 1300 780 808 or visit www.fos.org.au.

Arrangements We Have In Place To Compensate Clients For Losses

Risk Assist Australia has a professional indemnity insurance policy (PI policy) in place. The PI policy covers us for claims made against us by clients as a result of the conduct of us, our employees or representatives 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.

Our PI policy complies with the requirements of the Corporations Act, 2001.