Home office insurance

Looking for home office insurance? Here are some brands that offer cover as part of home insurance.

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If you're one of the many Australians working from home on a more permanent basis, you should consider home office insurance. It can cover your office appliances and equipment, from monitors to memorabilia, and it's available with certain comprehensive home insurance policies — we've made a list of who below.

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Here's a list of the providers who offer home office insurance. Our table doesn't include prices because quotes are based on your specific circumstances, such as the value of your house and the contents inside it. Compare features first, then you can click through to get a personalised quote.

Name Product Home Contents Cover Fire, Storm & Theft Damage Outdoor Contents Portable Contents Cover Accidental Damage to Home or Belongings Online Discount
Budget Direct Contents Insurance
Yes - $1,000
20% of your contents sum insured
Optional
Get 15% off your first year's premium when you buy a Budget Direct Contents insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
St. George Contents Insurance
Yes
Save 15% on the first year of your policy when you buy online. Use promocode: COVER. T&Cs apply.
Westpac Contents Insurance
Yes
Get 15% off the first year of your policy when you buy online. Use promocode: COVER. T&Cs apply.
Huddle Comprehensive Contents Insurance
$8,000
Optional
Save up to 10% on your policy in the first year.
Virgin Contents Only
Yes - $1,000
20% of your contents sum insured
Optional
Save 15% on your first year’s premium when you buy a new eligible Virgin Contents Insurance policy online. T&Cs apply.
Domain Contents Insurance
Yes
Up to specified Value
Domain Insure uses property data to help build your quote faster.
Qantas Contents Insurance
Yes
Optional
Optional
Earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points when you apply. Points awarded will be based on your premium. T&Cs & exclusions apply.
QBE Contents Insurance
Yes
Optional
Optional
Save 10% on your first years’ premium with QBE Contents only Insurance.
Seniors Top Contents Insurance
Yes - $8,000
Optional
Buy online and save up to 20% on a new contents insurance policy. T&Cs apply.
Youi Contents Insurance
Yes - $2,500
20% of your contents sum insured
Optional
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What is home office insurance?

You can get home office insurance with a home and contents insurance policy.

If you have a home office, it can cover clerical items kept in your home. This can include computers, chairs, monitors, headsets, keyboards and other bits and pieces you use to get on with your day job.

It'll be covered under the contents section of your policy, just make sure to check the cover limit.

What items are covered?

Here are the home office items that can be covered by a home insurance policy.

  • Home office equipment. This includes the really obvious home office stuff like your computer, monitor, headset and printer. A home insurance policy can pay to repair or replace these items if an insured event occurs and causes loss or damage.
  • Home office furniture. This can include office chairs, desks and any other furniture you use for work.
  • Tools of trade. Standard home insurance policies generally cover tools of trade up to a certain limit. You might be able to get cover for specific tools, instruments and equipment that you use to do your job with home office insurance in certain circumstances. For example, if you're a graphic designer or architect, you might use a drafting board as part of your home office setup.
  • Office accessories. Office accessories can refer to anything you keep in your office space, including:
  • Memorabilia
  • Paintings
  • Ornaments

Does this cover tools of trade?

Yes, it can. If you keep your tools at home, like in a home office or garage, contents insurance can cover you up to a certain amount (often between $1,000 and $5,000) if you get it included under home office insurance. Keep in mind that this only applies when you keep them at home. If you want to get cover for outside the home, you'll need to look for a home and contents insurance policy that allows you to add portable contents cover. You can find out more about insuring tools of trade here.

Should I take out accidental damage cover?

Household accidents are common. Here's some reasons it might be worth adding accidental damage cover to your policy:

  • An office isn't a home. Here's the thing, we're all naturally less cautious in the comfort of our own home. While that can make working from home a less stressful experience, it can also make us prone to more accidents.
  • Do you live with other people or have children? If you've got children running around or flatmates, there's probably a much greater chance of accidental damage occurring than in a traditional office setting.
  • Where your home office is in your house. Is your home office tucked away in a separate room you barely use or does it double up as your bedroom or lounge room? If it's the latter, there's probably more chance of an accident happening,
  • How accident-prone you are. You can't anticipate accidents at home happening, but you probably know if you're prone to making them. If you're a little clumsy, is going without accidental damage cover really worth the risk?

Do I need personal effects cover?

Personal effects cover is for portable items that can be taken away from the home. It's a good idea to get if you also take some of your home office appliances out with you.

There are two types of cover: unspecified personal effects and specified personal effects. Both can protect against accidental loss or damage to a wide range of portable items including cameras, bags, headsets, glasses, laptops and other equipment you use for work.

With the former, you don't need to list the items; you simply choose an individual item limit and a total claim limit. However, you need to list the items with specified personal effects and you can protect them individually for an agreed amount. Taking into consideration your home office equipment,

  • Unspecified personal effects cover is probably better for people who aren't totally sure what items they'll be taking out of the home on a regular basis.
  • Specified personal effects cover is probably more suited to people who know what they're taking out each day so only need cover for those specific items.

What isn't covered by home office insurance?

Every policy has exclusions. With home office insurance, you'll probably find that you won't be covered for:

  • Damage caused by computer viruses or hacking.
  • Any non clerical items that you use for income, generally with the exception of laptops and tools.
  • Personal liability or injury. For this, you'll need business insurance.
  • Electronic data or files that are corrupted, damaged or lost, including software, photographs, films and music.
  • Stocks or samples stored at your home for business purposes.

Bottom Line

With so many of us adapted to the new normal of working from home, it's a good idea to update your home insurance policy to ensure your home office is also covered.

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