Weather

Weather

Whether accumulated rainfall, wind speed or average temperature, there are a wide range of scenarios where a tailored insurance solution can be considered for protection against losses or damages incurred because of adverse, measurable weather conditions.

Forestry Bushfire Insurance

The main peril for plantations is fire.  The 2019/20 bushfires were devastating to the plantation industry. In 2020, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture reported that:

  • 6.7% of all commercial forestry plantations in Australia were burnt
  • 24% of all plantations in New South Wales were burnt
  • 10% of all plantations in South Australia were burnt 

There is a significant trend driving a greater risk of extreme bushfires in some regions in South Australia due to an increase in the frequency of very hot summer days compared to earlier decades. In terms of national daily average maximum temperatures, there were 33 days that exceeded 39°C in 2019, more than the number observed from 1960 to 2018 combined, which totalled 24 days (BOM 2020).

Liberty is developing innovative solutions using new technologies, combined with machine learning algorithms and various data sources, to cover bushfire risks such as market leading use of satellite technology. Our processing technique enables us to develop an index that reflects the burnt surface post-event.

At a glance

  • Provides protection against financial loss based on the burnt area values defined at a pre-agreed and precise scale
  • Can be complimented by a traditional policy, providing protection against other perils
  • Fast, precise turnaround of loss assessment
  • Our algorithm determines the fire zone and estimates the fire severity to a granular level, to measure the plantation salvage 
  • A high level of quality service is provided by our expert underwriters who are supported by a team of talented actuaries, claims and administration professionals.
     
Find an Underwriter
Bill Hardie - Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather

Bill Hardie

Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather
T: +61 7 3235 8808

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Michael Lincoln - Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific

Michael Lincoln

Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific
T: +61 2 8298 5958

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Weather Index Insurance

Liberty offers Weather Index products that provide cover predicated upon weather conditions set out in the policy documents. This includes products specifically designed for construction companies, outdoor event operators and forestry plantations.

Be it accumulated rainfall, frost, wind speed, or average temperature, there is a wide range of scenarios where Weather Index Insurance can be considered.

At a glance:

  • Protection for Australian businesses that rely on rainfall, sunshine, wind, air pressure, cloud cover or a specific temperature range
  • Suited to a broad range of industries including agriculture, renewable energy, construction, mining, food & beverage producers, tourism and retail
  • Weather data obtained from Speedwell, who source the data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • The policy must be in place 30 days prior to the commencement of the risk period
  • Fast claims process, with the parameters of the policy clearly outlined
Find an Underwriter
Bill Hardie - Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather

Bill Hardie

Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather
T: +61 7 3235 8808

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Michael Lincoln - Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific

Michael Lincoln

Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific
T: +61 2 8298 5958

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Wine Grape Smoke Taint

When vineyards and grapes are exposed to smoke this can result in wines with undesirable sensory characteristics, such as smoky, burnt, ashy or medicinal flavours.

Wine grape growers can protect themselves from financial loss if their grapes take on smoke taint caused by a nearby bushfire.

Liberty Specialty Markets offers a dedicated product that draws on satellite imagery to validate the significance of bushfire claims.

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Bill Hardie - Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather

Bill Hardie

Senior Underwriter, Crisis Management & Weather
T: +61 7 3235 8808

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Michael Lincoln - Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific

Michael Lincoln

Vice President, Crisis Management & Weather, Asia Pacific
T: +61 2 8298 5958

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Find a Claims specialist

Find a Claims specialist
Angus Kench - Vice President Claims, Casualty, Workers Compensation and Crisis Management, Asia Pacific

Angus Kench

Vice President Claims, Casualty, Workers Compensation and Crisis Management, Asia Pacific
T: +61 2 8298 5975

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James Paul - Senior Claims Specialist, Crisis Management & Energy Property Construction

James Paul

Senior Claims Specialist, Crisis Management & Energy Property Construction
T: +61 2 8298 5974

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