Check your insurance: Are you covered to rebuild to new bushfire standards?
Thursday, 8 January 2015
People living in bushfire prone areas are being urged by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to check that their home insurance policy takes into account all rebuilding costs, including those associated with meeting the national building code introduced after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Jarrod Edwards, VBA Director of Technical and Regulation, said that with the hot and fiery start to the New Year bearing out forecasts of a high bushfire risk summer it was vital for people to not only prepare their property for possible bushfire attack and finalise their Bushfire Survival Plan, but to double-check their insurance cover.
"The last thing you need in the devastating event of losing your home in a bushfire is to discover that your insurance policy does not cover all the costs associated with rebuilding," Mr Edwards said.
"Following the tragic bushfires of February 2009, new building regulations were introduced nationally that require building, renovating or rebuilding works in bushfire prone areas to comply with the bushfire protection measures in Australian Standard 3959-2009 (AS 3959).