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Uninsurable regions of Australia: At greatest risk of flooding and fire in Australia

Australia is in danger of becoming uninsurable as natural disasters push premiums out of reach for ordinary households.

There have been 11 declared insurance catastrophes in Australia since the continent’s blistering bushfires during the Black Summer of 2019/20, which have led insurers to shell out $13bn in claims.

Meanwhile, by day 75, large swaths of NSW are under water and the extreme weather shows little sign of abating.

The continued beating Mother Nature deals has led insurance companies to raise their prices, which is already hurting household income, but will get even worse due to climate change.

A map of the areas with the greatest risk of suffering exorbitant premiums, due to the effects of climate change. Source: Climate Council

A Map Showing The Total Number Of Properties That Will Be 'Uninsurable' By 2030 Due To The Frequency Of Extreme Weather

A map showing the total number of properties that will be ‘uninsurable’ by 2030 due to the frequency of extreme weather

Soaring insurance costs have left 1 million households struggling to maintain adequate coverage, according to the Actuaries Institute, which calculates insurance risk.

“For it to be as much as 10 percent of households, or 1 million households, that was amazing,” said Sharanjit Paddam, a senior consultant at risk assessor Finity.

I didn’t think it was that bad.

Households most at risk from climate change-induced catastrophes are mainly in North Queensland, NT and Northern New South Wales, with the capital Brisbane also in the potential line of fire.

An April Climate Council report identified the top 10 areas most at risk of extreme weather events where premiums will be priced out of reach around $520,940 by 2030.

This equates to about one in 25 properties being classified as “high risk” in those areas, while 9 percent will fall into the “medium risk” category, meaning they are likely to be underinsured and the Full coverage is too exorbitant.

Averill Berryman Looking At The Remains Of His Property And Grooming Businesses, Both Destroyed By The 2019 New Year'S Eve Bushfire In Mogo On The South Coast Of New South Wales.

Averill Berryman looking at the remains of his property and grooming businesses, both destroyed by the 2019 New Year’s Eve bushfire in Mogo on the south coast of New South Wales.

Highest Risk Areas of Insurance by Federal Electorate

These are the areas most at risk of being ‘uninsurable’ due to climate change disasters

1. nicholls (vic)

2. Richmond, New South Wales

3. maranoa (QLD)

4.Moncrieff (QLD),

5. Wright (QLD),

6. Brisbane (QLD),

7. griffith (QLD),

8. Indi (Vic)

9. Page (New south Wales)

10. Hindmarsh (SA).

Australians are already struggling to keep up with their insurance payments, according to research from the money website Mozo.

An August report found that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of surveyed homeowners saw an increase in premiums last year and 17 percent of those surveyed said the increases had been “significant.”

“Insurance is increasingly out of reach for many Australians as premiums rise due to floods, fires and wild weather, and the situation will worsen as climate change takes its toll across the country,” he said. Tom Godfrey of Mozo.

‘As premium hikes and severe weather events continue to erode the value of insurance for many Australians, many homeowners are becoming increasingly financially vulnerable.

“With cheaper homes often being built in disaster-prone areas, such as floodplains and wildfire zones, it’s the people who need the most financial protection who can afford it the least.”

For those who had purchased homeowners insurance, more than two-thirds, or 67 percent, reported increases in premiums, with a quarter of those surveyed saying the increases had been “strong.”

In a worrying trend, about 19 percent of homeowners said that if premiums continue to skyrocket, they will be forced to drop their coverage.

The survey also showed that 61 percent of renters complained about higher premiums.

“Renters tend to lag behind in the home insurance conversation, despite the fact that a significant number of Australian homes are not owner-occupied, particularly in areas more susceptible to repeated severe weather events such as flooding,” the report said. .

A House That Was Washed Away By Floodwaters Stands In The Front Yard Of Another House, In Eugowra, Central West New South Wales This Month.

A house that was washed away by floodwaters stands in the front yard of another house, in Eugowra, central west New South Wales this month.

The survey found that if premiums continue to rise, 32 percent of renters say they will increase their excess to reduce costs, 27 percent say they will reduce their coverage and 12 percent would be forced to opt out of insurance for complete.

From their flooded house in northern New South Wales, home to North Lismore retirees, John and Dorothy McFadden said the alphabeth in September that the insurance they had did not cover flood damage because its price was out of reach even in 2018.

‘They [NRMA Insurance] he quoted us a figure of $25,000,’ John said.

That was to cover flooding. There’s no way in the world, as retirees, that we can afford that.’

Despite widespread grief over skyrocketing insurance costs, reinsurance giant Swiss Re says Australian insurers are still not fully pricing in the cost of climate change disasters.

The most flood-prone areas of Australia are in inland Queensland and NSW, where communities have grown up around river systems.

Bushfires pose the biggest threat to the east coast of New South Wales, mid-Victoria, Tasmania and southern Western Australia.

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