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Cleaning contractors have access to a range of insurance products, but public liability is by far the most popular.

As a cleaner there are plenty of risks that you face when it comes to property damage and personal injury, which are the two main events covered by public liability insurance.

Slip and fall claims are a major issue for cleaners due to the liquids involved, and there is also the risk of property damage caused by some of the cleaning solvents used.

Thankfully public liability insurance can help to protect you and your business from some of these risks.

Public Liability for Cleaners

Public liability insurance for a cleaning contractor will cover a number of risks.

If your business activities result in property damage or personal injury to another person or entity you will generally be financially liable for their losses.

Claims of this sort can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars for minor property damage, through to hundreds of thousands for major personal injury claims.

By having the right public liability cover in place you can avoid the costs of such a claim, and instead have the insurance company take care of things.

Which Cleaners Need Public Liability?

It is generally only cleaners who work under an ABN that need public liability insurance. If you are employed on wages or salary and don’t have our own ABN, generally you will be covered by your employers insurance.

It is best to check with whoever is hiring your services as to whether or not you need your own cover, but if you are invoicing yourself then it is most likely that you will be responsible for your own actions and will therefore need your own insurance.

If you are an independent cleaning contractor your public liability requirements will generally be set by the locations you are working in. For example if you are cleaning within a shopping centre they will have their own insurance requirements that you must meet.

Special Considerations for Cleaners

Cleaning contractors work in a variety of locations, and some of these locations are not covered by all of the insurance companies.

If you work in locations which see high levels of public traffic, such as shopping centers, railway stations or large commercial buildings you will find that many of the mainstream insurance companies will not offer you cover.

In this case you may need to use a specialist insurance company. The good news is that we have access to a range of specialist insurers who will offer cover for a huge range of cleaning situations that others won’t touch.

The safest option is to tell the insurance company or broker everything about your business. It may mean that your premiums are a little higher, but at least you will be properly covered.

Insurance Cost for a Cleaning Contractor

The cost of public liability insurance for cleaners can vary hugely depending on the type of cleaning work you are doing.

If you are a sole trader doing domestic cleaning only your premiums will be very low, but if you are running a business with multiple staff cleaning in public areas your premiums will be a lot higher.

The easiest way to find out the public liability insurance cost for your cleaning activities is to obtain a quote.

Public Liability Quotes

Quotes for public liability insurance can be obtained from a range of sources. You can contact the insurance companies directly, however this generally involves a lot of running around if you want to compare quotes from a variety of insurers.

A better option for many business owners is to use an insurance broker or adviser who can obtain quotes on your behalf from a wide range of companies offering insurance for cleaners.

Here at https://www.publicliabilityinsurance.com.au we have access to a network of insurance brokers and advisers who specialise in insurance for cleaners and can obtain cover to suit your business at a price that suits your budget.

For more information on public liability insurance for cleaners please complete our online quote form or get in contact with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

In some respects public liability insurance is very straightforward, but once you scratch the surface it can actually be a very complex area with many potential complications.

As part of our quest to make this important form of insurance easier for Australian small business owners and operators to understand we are in the process of putting together a list of the most commonly asked questions.

Please keep in mind that this FAQ contains very generalised answers and should in no way be seen or used as a substitute for proper advice from a qualified insurance broker or adviser.

If you would like to add a question to the list please contact us.

1. What does public liability cover?
2. How much does public liability cost?
3. Does it cover my staff and employees?
4. Does it cover my subcontractors?
5. Which companies issue public liability?
6. How does this website work?
7. Where is the website based?
8. How can I get a quote?
9. Can I pay my premiums monthly?
10. Do you provide insurance for tradesmen?
11. How much public liability do I need?
12. Does public liability cover defective work?
13. Are my professional services covered by public liability?
14. Are these differences in cover between policies?
15. What is an endorsement?
16. What is broadform liability insurance?
1. What does public liability cover?

Public liability insurance covers a range of risks, with the major ones being property damage and personal injuries caused to other people as a result of your business activities.

You can read more by visiting our ‘what is public liability insurance‘ page.

2. How much does public liability cost?

The cost of public liability can vary greatly from as little as $300 a year through to many thousands per year. The cost will depend heavily on the type and size of business that you run.

You can find out more by reading our public liability insurance cost page.

3. Does it cover my staff and employees?

A public liability policy will cover property damage and personal injury caused by your own staff and employees, but it will not cover property damage or personal injury that they suffer.

Personal injury to your staff can be covered by worker’s compensation and income protection insurance.

4. Does it cover my subcontractors?

Your public liability insurance will not cover your subcontractors in most cases. This includes damage caused by them as well as suffered by them.

There are some policies which may provide some cover, but these will generally be a far more expensive form of insurance. Subcontractors should have their own public liability and income protection in most cases.

5. Which companies issue public liability?

There are many insurance companies in Australia which offer public liability cover. These include the mainstream insurers like AAMI and NRMA, along with more specialist insurance providers.

The insurance brokers and advisers that we deal with will generally have access to a wide range of public liability insurance companies.

6. How does this website work?

The owners and operators of the publicliabilityinsurance.com.au website are not insurance brokers or advisers. We do not provide any quotes or advice ourselves, and instead we have a network of professionals that we refer people to when a quote is requested.

You can read more about how our website works by referring to our terms of use.

7. Where is the website based?

We are based in Brisbane, however we are able to assist business owners all over Australia. Our network of brokers and adviser are also based here in Brisbane as well as throughout the country.

8. How can I get a quote?

Getting a quote on your insurance is easy thanks to our online forms. In order to obtain a quote you simply have to provide your relevant business details and one of our network of brokers will prepare your quotes.

To obtain a quotation please complete our online quote request.

9. Can I pay my premiums monthly?

Public liability insurance can be paid monthly, however it is up to the individual broker or adviser to offer this service. Monthly premiums are generally arranged by an independent funding company rather than directly through the insurer.

In most cases it will be more expensive to pay your insurance monthly, but you can check this with your insurance broker or adviser when requesting quotes.

10. Do you provide insurance for tradesmen?

Our network on insurance brokers and advisers includes a number of experts on insurance for tradesmen. Tradesmen are actually one of our biggest client segments when it comes to public liability.

For more information please visit our dedicated tradesman public liability insurance section.

11. How much public liability do I need?

The amount of public liability insurance required will differ for each business, but in most cases the minimum is $5,000,000

If you require the cover as part of a specific contract you have entered into, generally the contract will stipulate the minimum amount of cover required.

Please visit our guide titled ‘how much is enough’ for more information.

12. Does public liability cover defective work?

Public liability insurance does cover defective or faulty work, however only certain costs are covered.

Property damage and personal injury suffered as a consequence on the defective work will be covered, however the costs of rectifying the defective work will not be covered.

For more information please visit our guide on defective work coverage.

13. Are my professional services covered by public liability?

A public liability policy is not designed cover losses relating to or as a result of the professional services or expert advice that you provide to clients.

You can still insure yourself against this risk however, through a separate form of cover known as professional indemnity insurance.

Click here for a more detailed answer to this question.

14. Are these differences in cover between policies?

Broadly speaking there is no difference in the basic cover offered by different public liability insurance policies.

All policies cover the costs involved in a claim against you for property damage or personal injury to another person that you are found to be liable for.

Where the policies can differ is in the exclusions and endorsements. The differences here can be huge depending on the type of business you run.

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15. What is an endorsement?

An endorsement is a documented attachment to an insurance policy which can effectively change the standard wording of the policy.

They are generally used to either add or remove cover for a certain event or activity, and are often triggered by specific occupations or business types.

Endorsements can have a major impact in the event of a claim, so it’s important to check the endorsements before choosing a public liability policy.

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16. What is broadform liability insurance?

Broadform liability simply refers to a business insurance policy which covers both public liability and product liability.

Most public liability policies will also cover product liability, essentially making the policy broadform, but this is not always the case.

By checking your policy documentation or asking your broker you will be able to see if your insurance is broadform or not.

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