By Deb Maddox, Farm Insurance Specialist, Tamworth

Are you in the process of buying and selling property? It is important to be aware your existing farm insurance policy may not  automatically transfer to your new property after purchase. Typically, insurance policies are specific to the property they cover.

Speaking with farmers, I understand that updating insurance is not always top of mind. However, not updating your policy may put you at great financial risk. It may leave your new property, including machinery, building and contents, uninsured. It also means you may be paying for coverage you no longer need.

To avoid these risks, it is crucial to take the time to review and update your policy as your circumstances or insurance needs change.

Here are some key measures for you to consider that may help you avoid the risk of being uninsured or underinsured:

  • Every farm is unique, and your previous level of cover may not be sufficient for your new property. Consider getting your new property valued to help you select a sum insured that covers your needs. You can also download Achmea Australia’s Farm Insurance Review Checklist to help you review your farm insurance needs and make informed decisions about your cover.
  • Review your existing policies to determine which items need to be cancelled or transferred to your new policy, particularly if you have sold machinery with the property.
  • Update policies for items such as vehicles and home contents to your new address.
  • Specific insurance may be required when moving inventory, including home contents, to a new farm. Contact your insurance provider to discuss the transition from one property to another and ensure you have adequate coverage in place.

This information is brought to you by specialist agricultural insurer, Achmea Australia, as part of our commitment to keeping farmers farming. Contact us to request a tailored farm insurance quote, or to discuss your farm insurance needs, on 1800 724 214, [email protected] go to 



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