AB Phillips acquires Fergusons Insurance Brokers

Notice from Troy Mansell, Managing Director AB Phillips

On behalf of the  Directors and Shareholders at AB Phillips, I am delighted to announce that as of today Fergusons Insurance Brokers have become part of the AB Phillips Group. We are very excited to have Fergusons join the AB Phillips team and to be partnering with both Alan Marsden and Alan Saunders in their transition to retirement.

As a fellow longstanding Austbrokers business, Fergusons is a great fit for AB Phillips and being based in Frankston, will further enhance our dominant presence in the South East corridor of Melbourne.

Fergusons is a great business with close knit staff and very loyal client base. We see strong synergies between the AB Phillips and Fergusons businesses and are eager to share ideas and further grow our Insurance, Risk and Financial Services solutions with the support of the Fergusons team. All current Fergusons staff are remaining with the business and clients will continue to be supported by the team in Frankston.

AB Phillips launches People Matters AdviceLine

AB Phillips are excited to announce the launch of People Matters Adviceline, a dedicated 'people advisory service' that provides practical and compliant HR, Safety & Wellbeing and Workers Compensation advisory support to businesses.

All businesses that employ staff, no matter what size or industry, have Human Resource, Safety & Wellbeing and Workers Compensation needs and obligations. However not all businesses that employ staff have the need for, or ability to, employ in-house experts in these areas. That's why we created People Matters Adviceline. Read more here>

Financial Planning business operating as 'Financial Affairs'

From May 1 2017 our Financial Planning business will be operating under the Financial Affairs License, AFSL 222154.

Financial Affairs was acquired by AB Phillips in March 2016 and is 100% owned by AB Phillips. From May 1 2017 all of our Financial Planning and Life Insurance business will be managed by Financial Affairs.

The Financial Affairs team are located in our Moorabbin office and work closely with other areas of our Financial Services team to provide clients with holistic financial solutions.

Click here to download our Financial Services Guide > 

Exclusive Insurance Facility for EPS Insulated Panels

In an Australian first, AB Phillips has teamed up with the Insulated Panel Council Australasia (IPCA) to deliver an exclusive Insurance Facility designed to insure certain panel classes.

AB Phillips has partnered with an insurer to set up an exclusive insurance facility for businesses utilising buildings with substantial EPS panel construction. This facility is only available for certain Certified Panels and Installation.

The facility is market leading in that it recognises certain classes of EPS panels present a lower fire risk than traditional panels and as a result are eligible to receive lower insurance premiums.


In Australia, the cost to insure a building containing insulated panels is historically three to four times the cost to insure a brick or concrete building. This is because all insulated panels have long been treated as equals by insurance underwriters despite the differences in fire risk.

AB Phillips have worked with its exclusive insurance market to devise an insurance facility that accommodates the risk reduction presented in certain panels and are now able to offer an insurance facility for a significantly lower premium than was previously possible.

If you insure a building containing EPS Insulated Panels contact our EPS experts today to find out if you are eligible for this new facility and significant savings on your annual insurance premium.

Phone 1300 242 136 or email:

Alan Limpyer:               alanl@abphillips.com.au
David Keys:                  davidk@abphillips.com.au
Mark Van Der Haar:     markv@abphillips.com.au

AB Phillips named preferred supplier to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH)

AB Phillips are proud to be appointed as the preferred supplier of Insurance, Risk and Financial Services to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH) and its Members.

AIRAH has a long and proud history of representing an industry of professionals, who are of fundamental, and increasing, importance to the comfort, health and safety of the community. Formed in 1920, AIRAH is recognised by government and industry bodies for its expertise across a wide range of issues in the area of engineering services for the built environment. 

AB Phillips  are working closely with AIRAH to implement a tailored insurance, risk and financial services offering to AIRAH members.  

Read more about the partnership here>


AB Phillips named preferred supplier to the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA)

AB Phillips is pleased to be the preferred General Insurance and Workers Compensation supplier to members of the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA).

SEMMA is a peak industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne. Almost half of Victoria’s manufactured products are created in the region, contributing strongly to the State’s economy.

SEMMA provides its members with a strong, clear voice, able to participate in the ongoing regional & national debate regarding the critical need for an innovative and sustainable manufacturing community. It is consistently approached by both State and federal politics for its opinion on issues affecting manufacturing.

AB Phillips works closely with the SEMMA to deliver an extensive Risk Management Program including Insurance, Workers Compensation and Human Resource solutions, to manage SEMMA Members’ complete needs. 

Read more here>

AB Phillips named preferred supplier to the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association Ltd.

AB Phillips is pleased to be the preferred General Insurance, Workers Compensation and Human Resources supplier to members of the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia (RWTA).

The Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia Ltd (RWTA) represents both the warehousing and transport sectors involved in the storage, distribution and transportation of temperature controlled products in what is known as the Australian Cold Chain. RWTA members range from Corporate Members (the major corporations and larger companies) to Full Members (medium companies, boutique and smaller operators) in both the warehousing and transport sectors.

AB Phillips works closely with the RWTA to deliver an extensive Risk Management Program including Insurance and Workers Compensation to manage RWTA Members’ complete needs. 

Read more here>

AB Phillips named preferred supplier to the Australian Furniture Association

AB Phillips is pleased to be the preferred General Insurance, Workers Compensation and Human Resources supplier to members of the Australian Furniture Association (AFA).

The Australian Furniture Association (AFA) is the peak Australian industry association for the furnishing sector supply chain. Collectively the industry employs more than 240,000 Australians.

The AFA is committed to helping Australian businesses with a focus on building competitive and sustainable business models and to promote the profitable growth, competitiveness, innovation, and the export readiness of its members.

The AFA is the recognised voice of the Furnishing Industry by government, media and the general public.

AFA Membership includes manufacturers, importers and exporters of residential and commercial furniture, suppliers to the industry, retailers, allied associations, key stakeholders (such as testing and training organisations), designers and individuals. AFA Members benefit from being part of a collective and respected voice.

AB Phillips works closely with the AFA to deliver an extensive Risk Management Program including Insurance, Workers Compensation and Human Resource solutions, to manage AFA Members’ complete needs.  

More information can be found here>

AB Phillips collaborates with the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria

AB Phillips has collaborated with CIA Victoria to provide tailored risk and insurance solutions.  We have negotiated exclusive arrangements with insurers on cover and price specifically for the major segments of the CIA including Manufacturers, Dealers, Importers and Suppliers.  These segments of the industry each have unique needs and we can cater for their very specific and tailored cover requirements.

More information on the collaboration can be found here>


AB Phillips collaborates with the Australian Industry Defence Network

AB Phillips has collaborated with the Australian Industry & Defence Network to provide members with tailored business insurance policies and financial services at exclusive rates.

The Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated (AIDN) is the peak industry association for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors. Established in 1995, AIDN represents the interests of Australian SMEs in the defence and security industry sectors by advocacy, representation and member services.

AIDN is made up of State and Territory Chapters with a combined membership of around 750 - principally SME companies. Its chapter structures are optimised to reflect the nature of the defence and security industries in each State and Territory, which ensures that its national direction is informed by a full range of industry views.

More information on the collaboration can be found here>

Chubb Insurance win 2015 Sue Ronai Award

AB Phillips is very pleased to announce that the 2015 Sue Ronai Award for Excellence in Claims goes to Chubb Insurance.

Chubb have provided a consistently high level of customer service to AB Phillips claims staff throughout the year, managing all AB Phillips claims with professionalism and efficiency.  The award was presented by AB Phillips Director David Keys and AB Phillips Claims Manager John Welsh to the Chubb National Claims Manager in an informal ceremony at the Chubb offices on May 31st 2016.


About the award

The Sue Ronai Excellence in Claims Trophy has been awarded by AB Phillips for the last 6 years. Following discussions with Austbrokers Holdings and Austbrokers Principals in Victoria and Tasmania it was agreed that this annual award will be awarded on behalf of all Austbrokers members in Victoria and Tasmania.

The award is for the insurer that provides the best overall claims performance based on a 13 point criteria. Voting was conducted in December 2015 and then tallied soon after. 

Sue Ronai spent a long and distinguished career in the insurance industry. She spent most of her working life in claims at various major insurers, was a former Claims Manager of Zurich Insurance and was Claims Manager of Austbrokers Phillips when she passed away from cancer in 2007. Sue also spent several years in insurance recruitment at DLA Consulting.

hranywhere merges with AB Phillips

Diversification of Service Offering for both Companies.

Melbourne, May 18, 2016 – HR Services Company hranywhere has merged with Financial Services and Broking Firm AB Phillips to create a merged entity which delivers Financial Services, Insurance and now a complete Risk Solutions  + HR Services offering to Clients Nationwide.

AB Phillips Managing Director Troy Mansell says:

“The breadth of our existing Service offering combined with HR Services provided through hranywhere, delivers a unique and exciting product suite. We have a real point of difference and it is an exciting time for A B Phillips. The merger enables us to extend the delivery of our motto: “When expert advice counts” to include HR expertise as well.

People matters are such a constant to all of our Clients. The merger with hranywhere provides an additional edge and enables our Clients to manage the People Risks of their business more effectively.

Importantly, the team and services at hranywhere remain unchanged and the new entity will ensure continuity of services Clients currently enjoy".

hranywhere’s Managing Director Martin Nally has been appointed Director Risk Solutions with AB Phillips Pty Ltd. He commented: 

“I am delighted that my Team and I are seamlessly merging with AB Phillips and will be continuing to service our existing Clients plus adding a whole new group of Clients to our family".

AB Phillips is backed by AUB Group (ASX AUB), the largest equity based risk management, advice and solutions provider in Australasia.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Martin Nally at +61 3 8586 9309 or email at Martin@hranywhere.com.

AB Phillips & SPASA Victoria - first Platinum Partnership

SPASA Victoria today released news regarding our new and exciting sponsorship arrangement in the form of a Platinum Partnership. 

The structured arrangement has been devised to better accommodate the annual support provided to the industry peak body, and to recognise a mutually beneficial arrangement extending beyond the Awards of Excellence program.

CEO Brendan Watkins said, “AB Phillips is SPASA’s preferred Risk Management, Insurance & Financial Services Provider and we are elated to have them extend their support with the Association. AB Phillips have been extremely successful in providing for the varied needs of our members, in particular our registered Pool Builders”. 

“With a long history and involvement in the industry, the Platinum Partnership makes perfect sense for us", said Mark Van Der Haar, Director AB Phillips. "We are both excited and looking forward to assisting SPASA Victoria members with their insurance, workers' compensation and financial service needs". 

“The Platinum Partnership exclusive arrangement is new for SPASA Victoria and reinforces our support to the industry. It’s a definite milestone for us as we are the first to take up the sponsorship opportunity,” said Troy Mansell, CEO, AB Phillips.


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