Australia’s peak caravan and camping industry group welcomes today’s handing down of the Insurance Inquiry Report December 2020 by Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsmen.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia has worked closely with our members and industry organisations to strongly advocate on the challenges that caravan park operators are facing in accessing and affording public liability and natural disaster insurance. Challenges that have put many business operators against the ropes following the devastating bushfire season and covid-19 travel restrictions.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO, Stuart Lamont, said “The Ombudsman’s acknowledgment of market failure and the need to provide certainty to small business operators is a welcomed and accurate summary of the current insurance sector.”
Caravan Park operators, who are fully regulated by relevant state and federal legislation regarding work health and safety, are not seeking to avoid their responsibility regarding public liability and natural disaster management. They are, however, seeking a consistent framework that ensures their significant investments and liability are able to be protected.
Mr Lamont said: “The recommendations by the Ombudsman are a step in the right direction to support the caravan park industry. Specifically, Expanding the Australian Reinsurance Pool to cover all-natural disasters and adopting statutory caps on public liability will provide ongoing confidence to operators that they will be able to find and be covered by adequate policy.”