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What’s the average home insurance cost in Australia?

Based on our quotes, the average home insurance cost is $112 a month. How much are you going to pay?

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From our research, the average cost of a home insurance policy is $112 a month, based on a home worth $500,000 and contents of $100,000 - in a suburban city. The price of your home and contents insurance can vary based on heaps of different factors - including the age, value and location of your property, so make sure to compare policies and quotes.

Check out the average home insurance cost across Australia

We gathered over 201 quotes from 11 different Australian insurers to work out the average home insurance costs from state to state with a building worth $500,000 and contents valued at $100,000. If you live in NSW, you can expect to pay a little bit more than other places. South Australia got lucky with the cheapest average cost for a home and contents policy.

Based on this research, our average home insurance cost is $112.38 a month. You can use this as a guide when you're comparing policies for your home, but remember costs will change based on your circumstances.

Here's the average home insurance cost state by state

Australian statesBuilding & ContentsContents onlyBuilding only
NSW$145.25$51.72$121.63
VIC$115.59$35.51$98.87
QLD$122.96$39.07$99.88
SA$96.10$31.83$78.70
WA$106.22$35.27$87.20
ACT$102.80$34.60$83.91
TAS$97.72$33.06$78.79
Average costs$112.38$37.29$92.71

*This table was last updated in July 2020.

It's worth mentioning that these quotes are based on a 3 bedroom, freestanding home. If you live in North Queensland (anywhere above Rockhampton), you might notice that the average cost of your policy is higher due to the risk of cyclones.

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We did even more research and found that you can save up to $1,244 just by comparing quotes of your home and contents insurance policy.

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How much does home insurance cost?

To give you an idea, we got quotes from 11 different home insurers for a 3 bedroom house in New South Wales. You can see how the costs change depending on the insurer, this is because benefits also differ between policies.
Keep in mind that the cost of your policy is going to be based on your home and the value of your stuff, so remember to get a quote and compare your options before making a choice.

We found a huge price difference of $1,244 when you compared the cheapest annual policy and the most expensive for buildings worth $1 million. How much can you save by comparing home insurance?

Name Product Monthly Yearly
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
$145.76
$1,457.54
Virgin Home and Contents Insurance
$147.20
$1,472.11
Woolworths Comprehensive Building and Contents
$124.94
$1,338.64
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
$117.35
$1,408.34
St. George Home and Contents
$117.35
$1,408.34
ANZ Home & Contents Insurance
$160.91
$1,930.95
Real Top Home and Contents Insurance
$143.10
$1,533.18
Coles Home & Contents Insurance
$121.31
$1,376.37
GIO Home & Contents Insurance
$190.93
$2,045.76
ING Home and Contents Insurance
$147.12
$1,472.11
Suncorp Home & Contents Insurance
$197.67
$1,960.06
NRMA Home & Contents Insurance
$145.05
$1,689.03
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Learn more about our methodology
  • Quotes were obtained for the same 3-bedroom NSW home in Baulkham Hills owned by a family of two.
  • Building replacement costs for all quotes was $500,000, with an excess of $500.
  • Contents were valued at $100,000.
  • Quotes were obtained in 2020 and were for a combined home and contents insurance policy
  • Homeowning family of two who moved into their property in 2019.
  • Three bedroom, 1 story freestanding house on flat ground with brick veneer walls, terracotta tiled roof, no verandas and built in 1980.
  • Windows secured by deadlocks, with no security devices.
Name Product Monthly Yearly
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
$189.08
$1,920.08
Virgin Home and Contents Insurance
$191.44
$1,939.28
Woolworths Comprehensive Building and Contents
$194.37
$2,082.53
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
$196.39
$2,356.62
St. George Home and Contents
$196.39
$2,356.62
Real Top Home and Contents Insurance
$222.60
$2,384.95
Coles Home & Contents Insurance
$250.60
$2,928.02
GIO Home & Contents Insurance
$288.98
$3,096.26
ING Home and Contents Insurance
$191.36
$1,939.28
Suncorp Home & Contents Insurance
$300.35
$2,986.86
NRMA Home & Contents Insurance
$158.59
$1,851.56
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Learn more about our methodology
  • Quotes were obtained for the same 3-bedroom NSW home in Baulkham Hills owned by a family of two.
  • Building replacement costs for all quotes was $1,000,000, with an excess of $500.
  • Contents were valued at $100,000.
  • Quotes were obtained in 2020 and were for a combined home and contents insurance policy
  • Homeowning family of two who moved into their property in 2019.
  • Three bedroom, 1 story freestanding house on flat ground with brick veneer walls, terracotta tiled roof, no verandas and built in 1980.
  • Windows secured by deadlocks, with no security devices.
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Based on our research, these 3 brands offer the cheapest costs for home insurance on our panel:
1. Budget Direct
2. Virgin Money
3. St.George
Based on our research of a home with a rebuild cost of $1,000,000. You can see our full results and methodology above.

What impacts the average home insurance cost?

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  • The type of cover you want. Home and contents, building-only or contents insurance.
  • If you add on extra cover. Like portable contents insurance or accidental damage.
  • The location of your house. If you live in a bushfire, flood or cyclone prone area, you might have to pay more.
  • The features of your house. The type of tiles on your roof and if you have an alarm system installed can impact the cost of your policy.
  • Your claims history. You can avoid an increased premium if you have a good claims history.

How do I buy home insurance?


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Think about what's important to you and what you want to protect.


Answer a bunch of questions online

The insurer will ask you these questions so they can assess the cost of your policy.


Make a choice, pay, and get covered

Don't forget to read the PDS to make sure you're covered for what you want.

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Name Product Online Discount Pay Monthly at No Extra Cost Fire, storm, & theft damage Flood Accidental Damage Sum Insured Safeguard
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
Optional
Optional
Optional
Save 30% on your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
Youi Building and Contents Insurance
Optional
Youi Home Insurance takes the time to tailor a premium for you.
Virgin Home and Contents Insurance
Optional
Optional
Optional
Grab a $100 e-Gift card when you purchase a new eligible Virgin Home and Contents Insurance policy by 30 November 2020. Purchase online and you'll save 30% on your first year’s premium. T&Cs Apply.
Woolworths Comprehensive Building and Contents
Save up to 20% when you purchase a combined Woolworths Home and Contents policy online.
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
Save up to 25% when you purchase cover online.
St. George Home and Contents
Save up to 25% when you purchase cover online.
Domain Home Buildings & Contents Insurance
No
Get 12% off your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents Insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
ANZ Home & Contents Insurance
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Don't cheap out on these things to keep costs low

Here are some common things that people do to try and make their home insurance policies cheaper.

  • Assuming that cover applies. People often think that buying an insurance policy will automatically cover them for everything. Make sure you read your product disclosure statement (PDS) to make sure you understand what's covered and what's not.
  • Choosing the wrong sum insured. A common mistake homeowners make is underinsuring their home and contents so that they can save on their policy. You risk thousands of dollars just to save a couple hundred on the cost of home insurance. To avoid underinsurance, you can get an evaluator to value your home or use an online calculator.
  • Not comparing your options. Looking at home insurance is not the most enjoyable chore, but if you do it right, it can save you thousands of dollars. Read and understand your PDS, and if you're ever unsure of something contact the insurer directly.

Tips to reduce your house insurance cost

There are several simple things you can do to reduce the cost of home insurance, including:

  • Don't be afraid to switch. Unfortunately, loyalty doesn't get us too far these days. If you're finding that you're paying too much to insure your home, don't be afraid to jump ship to someone who is offering you a better deal.
  • Take out multiple policies. If you hold multiple policies with the same insurer - these could be home insurance, car insurance and other types of cover - you may be entitled to a multi-policy discount.
  • Secure your home. If you introduce measures to deter burglars and thieves, for example installing security screens on all doors or purchasing a back-to-base security alarm, you can enjoy cheaper premiums.
  • Choose a higher excess. Increasing your excess amount will result in lower premiums.
  • Look for deals and discounts. Some insurers offer premium discounts for buying online or if you're a senior.
  • Combine cover. You can usually reduce the cost of premiums by combining building insurance and contents insurance together into one home and contents policy.

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