Insurance and Risk Protection

Mutual insurers

Increase customer trust and accountability

Because of their different purpose, mutual insurers help to increase customer trust and drive greater accountability. Their members are their owners and they have a degree of influence over the way in which the insurer operates.

Give consumers more choice and increase competition in insurance markets

Mutual insurers provide additional choice in the marketplace. They do not pursue short term goals and are able to provide stability and consistency in a highly-developed market. They focus on delivering high-quality products, often designed with and for their customers/members.

Contribute to corporate plurality and diversity

Mutual insurers different business purpose permits them to pursue different business objectives which helps them contribute to corporate plurality and diversity. This contrasts with listed firms that require shareholder-led short and medium-term business strategies.

Promote economic resilience and sustainability

The evidence of the economic downturn is that mutuals and co-operatives have generally been more resilient than listed firms. Mutual insurers play an essential role in the global economy, especially in time of crisis, by combining profitability with solidarity; creating high-quality jobs; strengthening social; economic and regional cohesion; and generating social capital.


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Australian Unity

Australian Unity is a national healthcare, financial services and independent and assisted living organisation with over 7,000 employees providing services to nearly a million Australians, including around 260,000 members nationwide. Australian Unity’s retirement communities assist over 3,000 older Australians to continue to live as independently as possible in communities with friends and supports. Australian Unity’s history as an independent mutual dates back 175 years.

Year established: 1840

Type: Mutual

Industry: Healthcare, Insurance & Risk Protection, Private Health Insurance

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Avant Mutual

Avant has been protecting doctors in Australia since 1893, providing medico-legal advice and defence services for over 78,000 members. Our unshakeable belief in supporting quality, safety and professionalism in medicine, is borne out through advocacy, education and funding members’ research. Products and services in the areas of insurance, wealth, legal and practice management are created exclusively and designed specifically for doctors’ professional and personal needs, and delivered through 400 staff across the country.

Year established: 1893

Type: Mutual

Industry: Insurance & Risk Protection, Private Health Insurance

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Barrack Broking Pty Ltd

Barrack Broking is dedicated to delivering strategy, ideas and certainty to protect business clients operating in an uncertain world. We give our clients a greater understanding of their business risks and through our risk consulting and insurance broking, give them the tools to manage risk and pursue their business goals. 

Year established: 2020

Industry: Insurance & Risk Protection

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