Cost of repairing or replacing (new for old) your lost or damaged contents.
Temporary accommodation for your family and pets if your lost or damaged contents make your home unfit to live in.||
Contents in open air
Contents lost or damaged in the open air at the insured address due to an insured event.
Your legal liability for someone else’s death or bodily injury or for loss or damage to someone else’s property caused by an accident anywhere in Australia.
- Impact at home (e.g. fallen tree)
- Accidental breakage of glass, ceramic and sanitary fixtures
- Malicious damage, vandalism, riot or civil commotion
Upgrade your cover
For an additional premium, you can customise your home contents insurance by adding one or more of the following optional covers to your policy:
How much cover do I need?
It’s up to you to determine how much it would cost to replace your home contents if they were totally destroyed, for example, by fire – the ‘sum insured’.
This is the maximum amount we’ll pay, so it’s important you’re comfortable the sum insured you nominate is sufficient to replace all of your belongings at today’s prices.
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Find out more
The information on this page is a summary only. For more details about Budget Direct home contents insurance, including the terms, conditions, limits and exclusions that apply, please read the product disclosure statement.
Repairing or replacing your contents
Upon acceptance of your claim, we’ll appoint a team member to take care of the repairs to and/or replacement of your contents. We will:
- Assess the nature and extent of the damage or loss.
- Source all repair and replacement quotes from our preferred suppliers and retailers.
- Arrange for the delivery of your replacement items.
- Keep you informed of progress.
- Provide you with temporary accommodation, if necessary.
Award-winning Australian home insurance
After comparing the cost and features of nearly 150 policies offered by more than 50 insurance providers, Canstar awarded us one of three national awards for Outstanding Value Home and Contents Insurance in 2017.
We also won Money Magazine’s 2018 Best of the Best award for Cheapest Home and Contents Insurance; and Mozo’s 2017 People’s Choice (Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, and Excellent Customer Experience) and Experts Choice (Exceptional Value) awards for home insurance.
Frequently asked questions
What’s covered under a ‘home contents’ policy?
Among other things, a home contents policy covers:
- furniture and furnishings
- computers and electrical appliances
- clothing and shoes
- personal effects like jewellery, sunglasses and cameras (if you want your portable items to be insured when you take them with you away from your home, you’ll need to get extra Personal Effects Cover).
- fitted carpets and rugs
- internal blinds, curtains and window coverings.
You are covered for these things up to the amount of your home contents sum insured.
Is there a minimum cover amount for contents?
Yes – $20,000.
Are there any limits on the amount you’ll pay to replace home contents?
Yes – the following table shows you the most we’ll pay to repair or replace certain contents damaged or lost in any one insured event.
If you have an item that exceeds this limit, you’ll need to list, or specify, the item on your policy (where applicable).
Hand-woven carpets and rugs
Up to $2,500 per item1
Cash, cheques, and any other negotiable financial document
Up to $800 in total
CDs, DVDs, flash cards, digital media cards, audio and video tapes, records, computer discs, computer software, game cartridges, and game consoles
Up to $3,000 in total1
Firearms (legally registered and stored)
Up to $2,000 in total
Home office equipment
Up to $12,000 in total
Jewellery and watches
Up to $1,000 per item or set; and up to $5,000 in total1
Solid and plated silver and gold items (excluding jewellery and watches)
Up to $2,000 per item or set
Paintings, pictures, works of art, sculptures, and art objects
Up to $5,000 per item or set; and up to $12,000 in total1
Collections, memorabilia, stamps, collectors’ pins, medals, and collectors’ non-negotiable currency
Up to $2,000 per item or collection1
Tools of trade
Up to $2,000 in total
Specified contents items
Up to the sum insured2
1. You may be able to insure the item/s for more than the limit by specifying it, or listing it separately, on your policy, with an individual description and value. You can do this when you get a quote and buy a policy or – if you’ve already bought one – by calling us on 1800 182 310 or logging into your online account and editing your policy.
2. This amount is shown on your insurance certificate and in your online account.
Are valuables I take with me away from my home, like jewellery, covered?
Among the items covered by Budget Direct home contents insurance are:
- musical instruments
- photographic equipment
- sporting equipment.
These items are automatically covered if they are lost or damaged while inside your home.
Personal Effects Cover
If you want these items to also be insured when you take them with you away from your home, you’ll need to add optional Personal Effects Cover to your policy; you can choose one or both of two cover types:
Unspecified Personal Effects: These are portable items not specified, or listed separately, on your policy. The most we’ll pay per item is $1,000. You are required to nominate a total cover amount for a group of items damaged or lost in any one insured event: $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, $4,000, or $5,000.
Specified Personal Effects: These are portable items specified, or listed separately, on your policy, with individual descriptions and values.
For an additional premium, you can add one or both of the abovementioned personal effects covers to your policy.
You can do this when you get a quote and buy a policy or – or if you’ve already bought one – by calling us on 1800 182 310 or logging into your online account and editing your policy.
Note that some portable items, like mobile phones and laptops, are only covered if they are lost or damaged inside your home by an insured event.
This includes events like theft and storms but excludes accidental damage (e.g. due to you dropping your smartphone or tablet on the floor at home).
Do I need to list, or specify, contents on my policy?
It’s up to you to decide whether to list the following on your policy:
- contents you want to insure for more than our benefit limit (where applicable)
- portable items you want covered when you take them with you away from your home.
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^ The online discount applies to the premium paid for a new Budget Direct insurance policy initiated online on or after 29 March 2017. The discount varies by product: 30% for combined Smart Home & Contents insurance, 15% for Smart Home only or Smart Contents only policies. We reserve the right to change the offer without notice. The base-rate premiums are subject to change. The discount does not apply to any renewal offer of insurance.
* Based on customers who have made a claim on Budget Direct Contents Insurance, and who were surveyed between 10 February 2015 and 31 May 2018. Visit www.budgetdirectreviews.com.au for more details.
|| Damage caused by an insured event. The benefit is capped at 10% of your sum insured. For more details, please read the product disclosure statement.