Financial Services Guide
The financial services referred to in this financial services guide (FSG) are offered by:
Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd
ABN 85 112 308 666
72 Mair Street
Ballarat, Victoria 3350
This FSG sets out the services that we can offer you. It is designed to assist you in deciding whether to use any of those services and contains important information about:
• the services we offer you.
• how we and others are paid.
• any potential conflict of interest we may have.
• our internal and external dispute resolution procedures and how you can access them.
• arrangements we have in place to compensate clients for losses.
Lack of Independence – Why we are not independent, impartial, or unbiased in relation to the provision of personal advice and the impact of this on you.
We, Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd, are not independent, impartial, or unbiased pursuant to section 923A of the Corporations Act because:
-We may receive remuneration, commission, gifts or other benefits when we provide personal advise to you in relation to insurance products and other financial products;
– We may be subject to direct or indirect restrictions relating to the financial products in respect of which personal advice is provided; and/or
– We may have associations or relationships with issuers of insurance products and other financial products.
Further information about these benefits and relationships is set out in this Financial Services Guide. If you have any questions about this information, please ask us.
Further information when personal advice is given
We will provide you with further information whenever we provide you with advice which takes into account your objectives, financial situation and needs. This information may include the advice that we have given you, the basis of the advice and other information on our remuneration and any relevant associations or interests. This information may be contained in a statement of advice (SOA).
When you ask us to recommend an insurance policy for you, we will usually only consider the policies offered by the insurers or insurance providers that we deal with regularly. In giving you advice about the costs and terms of recommended policies we have not compared those policies to other policies available, other than from those insurers we deal with regularly.
Product disclosure statement – If we offer to arrange the issue of an insurance policy to you, we will also provide you with, or pass on to you, a product disclosure statement (PDS), unless you already have an up to date PDS. The PDS will contain information about the particular policy which will enable you to make an informed decision about purchasing that product.
From when does this FSG apply?
This FSG applies from 1/12/2021 and remains valid unless a further FSG is issued to replace it. We may give you a supplementary FSG. It will not replace this FSG but will cover services not covered by this FSG.
How can I instruct you?
You can contact us to give us instructions by post, phone, fax or email on the contact number or details mentioned on page 1 of this FSG.
Who is responsible for the financial services provided?
Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd is responsible for the financial services that will be provided to you, or through you to your family members, including the distribution of this FSG. Simplex Insur-ance Solutions Pty Ltd holds a current Australian Financial Services Licensee no: 284342. The contact details for Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd are on the front of this FSG.
What kinds of finan-cial services are you authorised to provide to me and what kinds of financial product/s do those services relate to?
Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd is authorised to advise and deal in and issue general insurance products to wholesale and/or retail clients. We will do this for you as your broker unless we tell you otherwise.
Sometimes we will act under a binder or agency from the insurer. When we act under a binder or agency we will be acting as the agent of the insurer. This means that we represent and act for the insurer, not for you. We will tell you when we act under a binder or agency to arrange your insurance or advise you about your insurance needs.
Will I receive tai-lored advice?
Maybe not in all cases. However, we may need information about your personal objectives, details of your current financial situation and any relevant information, so that we can arrange insurance policies for you, issue insurance policies to you, or to give you advice about your insurance needs. We will ask you for the details that we need to know.
In some cases we will not ask for any of this information. If we do not ask, or if you do not give us all of the information we ask for, any advice you receive may not be appropriate to your needs, objectives and financial situation.
You should read the warnings contained in any SOA, or any other warnings that we give you, carefully before making any decision about an insurance policy.
Where we provide you with advice about your insurance arrangements, that advice is current at the time that we give it. We will review your insurance arrangements when you inform us about changes in your circumstances.
Contractual Liability and your insurance cover
Many commercial or business contracts contain clauses dealing with your liability (including indemnities or hold harmless clauses). Such clauses may entitle your insurers to reduce cover, or in some cases, refuse to indemnify you at all. You should seek legal advice before signing and accepting contracts. You should inform us of any clauses of this nature before you enter into them.
What information do you maintain in my file and can I exam-ine my file?
We maintain a record of your personal profile, including details of insurance policies that we arrange or issue for you. We may also maintain records of any recommendations or advice given to you. We will retain this FSG and any other FSG given to you as well as any SOA or PDS that we give or pass on to you for the period required by law.
If you wish to look at your file, please ask us. We will make arrangements for you to do so.
How will I pay for the services provid-ed?
For each insurance product the insurer will charge a premium that includes any relevant taxes, charges and levies. We often receive a payment based on a percentage of this premium (excluding relevant taxes, charges and levies) called commission, which is paid to us by the insurers. However, in some cases we will also charge you a fee. If you are having difficulties finding this information on your invoice or policy correspondance from our office, please contact us for assistance. You can choose to pay by any of the payment methods set out in the invoice. You are required to pay us within the time set out on the invoice. If there is a refund or reduction of your premium as a result of a cancellation or alteration to a policy, or based on a term of your policy (such as a premium adjustment provision), we will retain any fee we have charged you. We will also charge you a cancellation fee in line with our broker fee table.
When you pay us your premium it will be banked into our trust account. We retain the commission from the premium you pay us and remit the balance to the insurer in accordance with our arrangements with the insurer. We will earn interest on the premium while it is in our trust account, or we may invest the premi-um and earn a return. We will retain any interest or return on investment earned on the premium.
How are any commissions, fees or other benefits calculated for pro-viding the financial services?
Our commission will be calculated based on the following formula:
X = Y% x P
In this formula:
X = our commission
Y% = the percentage commission paid to us by the insurer. Our commission varies between 0 and 27%.
P = the amount you pay for any insurance policy (less any government fees or charges included in that amount).
Any fees that we charge you will be in line with our Current Broker Fee Table from $0 to $700 plus GST unless a premium has no commission payable by the insurer in which case, we may then charge extra fees to the amount of commission ordinarily earnt on that type of policy.
We do not often pay any commissions, fees or benefits to others who refer you to us or refer us to an insurer. If we do, we will pay commissions to those people out of our commission or fees (not in addition to those amounts), in the range of 0% to 20% of our commission or fees.
Our employees that will assist you with your insurance needs will be paid a market salary.
If we give you personal advice, we will inform you of any fees, commission or other payments we, our associates or anyone referring you to us (or us to any insurer) will receive in relation to the policies that are the subject of the advice.
See below for information on the Steadfast association and commission.
Do you have any rela-tionships or associa-tions with the insurers who issue the insur-ance policies or any other material relation-ships?
Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd is a Steadfast Group Limited (Steadfast) Network Broker and brokerage company and/or principals/directors hold shares in Steadfast. As a Steadfast Network Broker we have access to services including model operating and compliance tools, procedures, manuals and training, legal, technical, HR, contractual liability advice and assistance, group insurance arrangements, product comparison and placement support, claims support, group purchasing arrangements and broker support services. These services are either funded by Steadfast, subsidised by Steadfast or available exclu-sively to Steadfast Network Brokers for a fee.
Steadfast has arrangements with some insurers and premium funders (Partners) under which the Part-ners may pay Steadfast commission of between 0.5 – 1.5% for each product arranged by us with those Partners or alternatively a fee to access strategic and technological support and the Steadfast Broker Network. Steadfast is also a shareholder of some Partners.
If we arrange premium funding for you, we may be paid a commission by the premium funder. We may also charge you a fee (or both). The commission that we are paid by the premium funder is usually calcu-lated as a percentage of your insurance premium (including government fees or charges). If you instruct us to arrange or issue a product, this is when we become entitled to the commission.
Our commission rates for premium funding are in the range of 0% to 3% of funded premium. When we arrange premium funding for you, you can ask us what commission rates we are paid for that funding arrangement compared to the other arrangements that were available to you.
We do also receive a volume Rebate from Premium Funding on an Annual Basis for more information on this please contact our office and we will provide you with a copy of the previous years rebate
What should I do if I have a com-plaint?
2. If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved within 15 days, please contact Kay Jackson on 03 5331 5633 or put your complaint in writing and send it to her at the address noted at the beginning of this FSG. We will try and resolve your complaint quickly and fairly. 3. Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd is a member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). If your complaint cannot be resolved to your satisfaction by us, you have the right to refer the matter to the AFCA. AFCA provides fair and independent financial services complaint resolution that is free to customers. The AFCA can be contacted at:
Mailing address – Australian Financial Complaints Authority, GPO Box 3, Melbourne, VIC 3001,
Ph – 1800 931 678
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.afca.org.au
If you have any further questions about the financial services Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd pro-vides, please contact us.
Please retain this document for your reference and any future dealings with Simplex Insurance Solutions Pty Ltd.
Version 12.0 Release Date 1/12/2021