Date FSG prepared: 1st November 2022
This Financial Services Guide (FSG) provides you with information to help you decide whether to use the services that we offer, including important information about:
- the services we offer you
- how we and our associates are paid
- any potential conflict of interest we may have
- our internal and external dispute resolution procedures and how you can access them
- arrangements we have in place to compensate our clients for losses
The financial services referred to in this FSG are offered by, or provided on behalf of, Phoenix Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd (PIB) ABN 40 009 419 872, holder of Australian Financial Services License Number 229847.
Contact information for PIB head office are:
PIB is responsible for the financial services provided on its behalf, including the content and distribution of this FSG, which has been authorised or distribution.
Lack of Independence
PIB and its Representatives, including Authorised Representatives (as set out below), are not considered independent in accordance with s923A of the Corporations Act 2001 because we may receive commissions, gifts or other benefits when we provide personal advice in relation to insurance products and other financial products.
Further information you may receive
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) for certain advice.
If we recommend a particular financial product to you, or offer to issue, or arrange the issue of a financial product to you, we will also provide you with a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), unless you already have an up to date PDS from the insurer. The PDS will contain information about the particular product to help you make an informed decision about that product.
Dove Insurance & Risk Brokers
PIB also trade as Dove Insurance & Risk Brokers from our Malaga office, with the relevant contact details:
The financial services referred to in this guide may also be provided by Authorised Representatives (AR) of the Licensee PIB, who are:
Global Risk Insurance Global Risk Consulting Pty Ltd ACN 124 512 134 AR No. 1286820
Primary Contact: Alanah Jenkin
Phone: 0448 407 414
Address: 5A Fairbairn Road, Busselton, WA 6280
What kinds of Financial Services are we Authorised to provide to you
PIB and its representatives are authorised to advise and deal in a comprehensive range of General Insurance Products to wholesale and retail clients. We always act on your behalf when providing services to you.
Our role as your insurance broker is to work with you to:
- Assist you to identify and understand your individual and/or business risks;
- Assist you in deciding what risks to insure, including how you can manage those risks in other ways;
- Prepare submissions to potential insurers and seek insurance quotes;
- Negotiate terms and premiums with the insurer;
- Assist you to regularly review your insurance program.
We also will facilitate the placement, renewal and any changes of cover required with the chosen insurer(s) based on your instructions, assist to arrange premium funding and provide assistance in the event you need to make a claim.
Further information about our services
Will I receive personal advice
In preparing our advice to you, our primary focus is on providing advice to you that is suitable for your individual and/or business risks, needs and circumstances (Personal Advice). To achieve this you need to provide us with a list of your personal insurance objectives, details of current risks and any other relevant information, for us to be able to offer you the most appropriate advice possible. We will ask you for the details we need to know. You have the right not to tell us if you do not wish to.
However 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, the advice you receive may not be appropriate to your needs, objectives and financial situation (General Advice). We will make it clear if we are providing general advice to you at the time of our advice.
What I should expect when receiving services
Obtaining insurance quotes
We will seek terms from a range of insurers who we deal with regularly, the number of insurers approached will depend on the type of risk. In giving our advice to you we will not compare the recommended policies to other policies available, other than from those insurers we deal with regularly.
If you need immediate cover, we can usually obtain interim cover providing we have all the risk information we need to do so and you return any required documentation to us prior to the expiry of the interim cover.
If you provide us with instructions to accept a quote, we will arrange for cover to be placed effective of the date your instructions are received and confirm the placement in writing as soon as practicable. We may provide you with a proposal document to complete and return to us promptly, or a record of your answers provided to us to confirm, to ensure all information and coverage is correct.
At a minimum of 14 days prior to the expiry of your insurance policy we will contact you to discuss whether there are any changes required to your cover or your circumstances. We will only seek additional quotes where deemed appropriate, given the policy performance, market conditions and other factors.
Changes to your insurance
If changes occur to your risks or circumstances (e.g. assets purchased or sold, changes in business activities) you must contact us to establish whether there are changes required to your policy.
If you wish to cancel your policy we will need written instruction from the policy holder(s) or authorised persons(s) on the insurance contract to effect this change, which will be confirmed in writing.
Claiming on insurance
In the event that you may need to make a claim on your policy please contact us immediately, or refer to our website for claims information. We will assist you to lodge your claim with the insurer, navigate their claim process and act as your advocate to obtain settlement and/or claims resolution as soon as possible.
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.
How we are paid
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 PIB by the insurers. This is usually a percentage based on the amount of your premium. We also may charge a Broker Fee to cover our costs of administration.
Our commission will be calculated based on the following formula: X = Y% x P
In this formula:
X = total commission received by PIB
Y% = the percentage commission paid by the insurer. PIB’s commission varies between 0%-30%.
P = the amount you pay for any insurance policy (less any government fees or charges included in that amount).
PIB employees who will assist you with your insurance needs are paid a market salary. PIB’s Authorised Representatives will receive a split of between 60% and 90% of the total commission payment to PIB, which is payable by PIB out of the total commission received and not an additional cost to you.
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%-50% of our commission or fees.
If you are a retail client, all fees, commissions or other payments subject to the advice will be detailed in any SOA or (where an SOA is not required to be provided) included on any relevant Tax Invoice and Schedule at the time of our advice.
When you pay us your premium it will be banked into PIB’s trust account, where the commission will be retained from the premium you pay and the balance remitted to the insurer in accordance with arrangements with the insurer. PIB will earn interest on the premium while in its trust account or may invest the premium and earn a return. PIB will retain any interest or return on investment earned on the premium.
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 commission. If PIB receives a premium refund from your insurer on your behalf it will be held in our trust account for a short period of time. We may earn interest on this money until it is forwarded to you.
Associations and relationships
PIB is a Steadfast Group Limited (Steadfast) Network Broker and certain PIB Directors hold shares in Steadfast.
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 may pay Steadfast between 0.5–1.5% commission for each policy arranged by us with those Partners or alternatively 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 the Steadfast’s FSG at www.steadfast.com.au.
If we arrange premium funding for you, PIB may be paid a commission by the premium funder. 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 usually ranges from 0–3% of the total premium amount that is funded. When we arrange premium funding for you, you can ask us what commission rates are paid for that funding arrangement compared to other arrangements that where available to you.
PIB may receive financial contributions from Insurers to subsidise the costs associated with providing risk management services.
What information do you maintain in my file and can I examine my file
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.
What should you do if you have a complaint?
We are committed to providing quality advice, and this commitment extends to providing accessible complaint resolution mechanisms for our clients.
If you are dissatisfied with a product or service, please contact us and we will aim to acknowledge your complaint within 1 business day of receiving it and do our best to resolve it quickly and fairly. You can contact our Complaints Manager on any of the contact details listed on page 1 of this FSG.
If your complaint cannot be resolved to your satisfaction within 30 days, you have the right to refer the matter to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). PIB is a member of AFCA, who provides fair and independent financial services complaint resolution that is free to customers. They can be contacted at:
We are also a Principal Member of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) and subscriber to the Insurance Brokers Code of Practice (the Code) which applies to our general insurance broking services.
The Code has been developed by NIBA as part of a national self-regulatory scheme and is intended to promote and maintain high levels of professionalism and integrity in insurance broking, with higher standards for education and client service levels than those that are required by law.
We are bound by the standards of the Code, which is monitored and enforced by a Code Compliance Committee. If you do not feel our services have met the requirements of the Code, you can report the matter to the Code Compliance Committee here. A copy of this Code is also available upon request or from our website.
What arrangements do we have in place to compensate clients for losses?
PIB holds a current Professional Indemnity Insurance policy. The policy covers us and our representatives (including our authorised representatives) for claims made against us and our representatives by clients as a result of the conduct of us, our employees or representatives in the provision of financial services, including former representatives who no longer work for us. This PI policy satisfies the requirements for compensation arrangements under section 912B of the Corporations Act.
How to contact us
You can contact us at any time to obtain information or provide us with instructions by telephone, fax, and email or in person as set out on page 1 of this FSG. If you have any further questions about the services provided by PIB or its representatives, please do not hesitate to let us know. Please retain this document for your reference and any future dealings with PIB and its representatives.
This FSG applies from 1st November 2022 and remains valid unless a further FSG is issued to replace it.