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Auditor insurance is a specialized package tailored for auditors, combining various insurance types that address the unique risks and challenges faced in the auditing profession. This comprehensive package ensures that auditors are protected from potential liabilities, legal challenges, or unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt their operations.

Why is auditors insurance important? 

Auditor insurance acts as a safety net. With it, auditors can confidently carry out their duties knowing they are protected from unexpected liabilities. Without this coverage, an auditor may face financial and legal consequences that can jeopardize their practice.

In New Zealand, the average cost of auditors insurance typically ranges between $150 – $300 per month. 

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It’s crucial to have auditors coverage if your business:

  • Engages in regular auditing activities
  • Offers consultancy on financial matters
  • Manages sensitive client data
  • Operates with a high liability risk

What insurance covers are typically included in auditors insurance? 

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Auditors Professional Indemnity

Auditors PI protects auditing businesses from financial losses if they make mistakes or are accused of negligence while doing their job. 

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  • Negligence claims 
  • Errors & Omissions 
  • Professional mistakes 
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Public Liability

This policy covers common auditing business risks including bodily injuries, customer property damage, and advertising injuries. It’s required for most commercial leases.

Best For
  • Business Accident Coverage
  • Third-party Damages
  • Legal Cost Protection
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Statutory Liability

This cover is a type of protection that helps auditors cover costs if they accidentally break certain laws or regulations.

Best For
  • Unintentional breaches protection
  • Legal costs
  • Fines and penalties
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Cyber Insurance

Insurance that helps protect auditors businesses from financial losses caused by cyber-related incidents, like data breaches and computer attacks.

Best For
  • Ransomware attacks
  • Phishing scams 
  • Cyber extortion 
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Management Liability

Management liability insurance in NZ shields auditing company leaders from legal and financial risks due to their managerial responsibilities.

Best For
  • Directors liability 
  • Employment disputes
  • Legal defence
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Business Contents Insurance

Business contents insurance in NZ is for protecting all the important stuff inside an auditing business. If there’s a problem or accident, the insurance can help with the expenses.

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  • Accidents 
  • Floods
  • Fires

How much does auditing insurance cost?

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Auditing insurance premiums are calculated on several different factors including:

  • Types of cover
  • Turnover
  • Location 
  • Claims History 

Auditors insurance in NZ typically costs between $150 to $300 per month.

Who needs auditors insurance?

Any professional or firm involved in auditing activities should consider obtaining Auditor insurance. This includes:

  • Independent auditors
  • Large auditing firms
  • Accountants who carry out occasional auditing
  • Consultancies offering financial reviews

Auditor insurance primarily aims to provide financial protection against potential lawsuits, claims, or unexpected disruptions related to auditing services. This ensures the continuity of services even in challenging situations.

While it might not be a legal requirement, having Auditor insurance is highly recommended. This is due to the potential financial and legal consequences that can arise from claims or disputes. It’s a proactive step to protect one’s practice and reputation.

How do I get an auditing insurance quote? 

We understand the unique needs of auditors in New Zealand. Leveraging our extensive industry knowledge and partnerships, we provide comprehensive auditing insurance quotes from the top insurers in the country and globally. Entrust us with your requirements, and we’ll ensure you receive the most competitive and tailored coverage options available.

To obtain an auditors insurance quote we may require you to provide some fundamental details about your business, such as:

  • The name of your business
  • The total number of employees
  • Predicted annual income
  • Years of experience in the industry

How do I get proof of auditors insurance?

You can usually get proof of auditors insurance same day when you purchase insurance through Gerrards.

Acquiring an auditors insurance certificate from traditional insurance brokers may require a few weeks, a delay that could create problems for policyholders who need instant insurance proof for an imminent contract or project.

To obtain insurance coverage promptly, contact one of our auditors insurance brokers. 

What does auditors insurance not cover?

Intentional Wrongdoing

Auditor insurance is designed to cover unintentional mistakes or oversights. Deliberate malpractice, deceit, or intentional misinformation falls outside of this. Insurance policies assume good faith; any deliberate attempts to deceive or commit fraud are not only excluded but could also result in the voiding of the policy itself.

General Business Risks

An insurance policy tailored for auditors primarily focuses on risks inherent to the auditing profession. Thus, broader business risks such as insolvency, market downturns, or poor investment decisions are not included.

Known Claims Prior to Policy

Insurance is for unforeseen events. If you were aware of a potential claim before the policy’s initiation, the auditing policy would not cover it. Full disclosure and understanding of this stipulation are crucial when obtaining a policy.

Other common questions about auditing insurance

Yes, most Auditor insurance packages incorporate defense costs. This includes lawyer fees, court costs, and other legal expenses incurred if you’re sued over a professional error or oversight.

In most cases, there is a deductible, which is an amount you pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in. The deductible amount varies depending on your policy, but choosing a higher deductible can often reduce your premium.

Ending your practice doesn’t mean claims can’t arise from past services. “Run-off” coverage or extended reporting periods can be added to protect against such post-retirement claims.

Indeed, “prior acts” or “retroactive” coverage can be added to cover claims that arise from services provided before your current policy’s start date, ensuring a seamless protection transition.

If your firm diversifies its services, it’s crucial to inform us to adjust your coverage. This ensures all activities, old and new, are under the protective umbrella of your insurance.

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