Farmers anticipate millions of dollars of losses as system shifts south to Sydney

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has said insurers have to date received 96,844 claims related to the South-East Queensland and New South Wales floods. Seventy-two per cent of claims are from Queensland and 28 per cent are from New South Wales.  

Based on previous flood events the estimated current cost of claims is now $1.3 billion. 

The figure remains subject to detailed assessment of claims as loss adjustors move in over the coming weeks and is expected to increase as further claims are made. 

Farmers brace for losses

According to satellite flood data experts ICEYE, Lismore, NSW experienced its worst flooding on record. Farmers are expecting millions of dollars of losses from flooded crops, including soybeans, rice and cane.

Insurers continue to work alongside Local, State and Federal Government stakeholders and agencies are monitoring the impact of the weather system currently impacting Sydney and surrounding areas. 

Andrew Hall, CEO, Insurance Council of Australia, said:  ”As expected, claims continue to grow from this widespread event, which is shaping up to be one of the most significant floods this country has experienced.  

”We will always have extreme weather in Australia, but if we want different outcomes the future Australian governments must increase investment in measures to retrofit homes and better protect communities.”