Why small businesses prefer QBE

We specialise in your type of business

We offer flexible business insurance to thousands of small business occupations in Australia. So whether you're an accountant, hairdresser, lawyer, pet groomer, bricklayer, cafe owner, grocer, tradie or commercial property owner we have you covered.

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Small Business Insurance

QBE’s Small Business Insurance automatically comes with Business Liability cover as your base. It provides cover for public liability including third-party personal injury and property damage. You can also add extra covers to suit your business needs. Read the QBE Small Business Insurance Policy Wording to decide if the product is right for you.

Business liability cover

Covers personal injury or property damage caused in connection with your business. You can select a limit that is right for your business with options of $5 million, $10 million or $20 million.

Additional covers

Add any of the following to your Small Business Insurance: Business Buildings and Contents, Business Interruption, Portable Items, Glass, Breakdown, Money and Tax Audit. That way, you’ll be covered for what you want, and nothing you don’t.

Tailor your policy

Our flexible Small Business Insurance allows you to select additional covers to meet your needs.

Business Buildings and Contents

Cover for physical loss or damage to your business building and/or its contents.

Business Interruption

Cover for loss of gross income and other expenses following a claim. If you want cover for Business Interruption, you must first select Business Building and Contents cover.



Cover for windows, shop fronts and signs against breakage or vandalism. If this occurs, cover includes temporary protection and shuttering.

Machinery Breakdown

Cover for the cost of repairing or replacing insured business machinery if it breaks down.


Cover for cash at your business, in transit anywhere in Australia or in a bank's night safe. This includes a seasonal increase period*.

Portable Items

Cover for business contents that are taken away from the location your business operates from.

Tax Audit

Cover for accountant fees associated with a statutory tax audit.


Cover against actual or attempted theft.


Each of the covers listed above is subject to specific definitions, the basis of cover and specific exclusions. In addition, there are general definitions, exclusions and conditions that apply to all sections of the policy. Read the QBE Small Business Insurance Policy Wording to decide if the product is right for you.

*Any period of time during the period of insurance that has turnover, sales or levels of stock at least 20% higher than the average turnover. 

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Buying through a broker

If you can’t solve your insurance needs with our direct product, you can work with a trusted broker who can arrange insurance to meet your specific needs. Brokers can help you with your commercial motor, professional indemnity and workers compensations insurance and more.

If you don’t have a reliable recommendation, the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA)* can help you find an accredited broker. Or see our guide to finding the right broker.

*The brokers on this site are not employees or agents of QBE but are independent entities. QBE is not responsible for any advice provided to you by any broker on this site. Any such advice is the responsibility of the broker concerned.

Frequently asked questions

Small business insurance is designed to help business owners manage a variety of risks. It typically bundles a variety of cover types together in one easy-to-manage policy, rather than buying each one separately, saving time and potentially cost. The most common type of cover is public liability, which can provide financial protection if a liability claim is made against your business. Other additional options may be available to cover things like your business buildings and contents, machinery and equipment, tools and stock or to cover you in case of business interruption, theft and more.

Most businesses face some type of risk every day, even small businesses, which is why insurance is so important. Also, there are some types of insurance that are compulsory for many small businesses. For example, it might be a legal requirement to have a certain level of public liability cover before you can start work. You may also need to consider other cover depending on your business needs, preferences and risk profile.

Read our article about the risks faced by small businesses like yours. 

Cost will depend on a number of factors, like the type of business and the risks involved. Every business is unique, so we'll ask you questions to understand what you need. Then you can choose the cover you need to protect your small business when you get a quote.

Every business is different, so the industry in which you operate and the products and services you provide will determine the insurance to consider for your small business. Most businesses need public liability cover which is why QBE's Small Business Insurance automatically comes with business liability. It covers you for property damage and third-party personal injury claims.

If you'd like cover for other parts of your business, like business premises, tools and equipment, and stock, you can choose to add these as options when you get a quote.

Read the QBE Small Business Insurance Policy Wording to decide if the product is right for you.

Business liability is sometimes referred to as public liability and describes insurance cover that provides protection to businesses or individuals in case they’re held legally responsible for causing bodily injury or property damage to third parties. QBE's Small Business Insurance automatically comes with business liability as your base.

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This advice is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. You must decide whether or not it is appropriate, in light of your own circumstances, to act on this advice. To decide if this product is right for you, please read the QBE Small Business Insurance Policy Wording (QM9264). Insurance issued and underwritten by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035, AFSL 239545).