What the insurance broker code of conduct means for customers

The insurance broker code of conduct is an agreement set out by the National Insurance Brokers Association which focuses on the service standards of brokers.

It aims to provide a minimum level of practice for clients to expect, outlining how complaints and reviews can be addressed by clients and how the broker will resolve them.

Accessible to everyone

The NIBA Code of Practice has been designed for both brokers and clients to access. It is an easy-to-navigate document that outlines the quality of service clients can expect from their brokers.

Main Objectives

High standard of service

To promote a higher standard of service, the Code:

  • Commits all insurance brokers to a high standard of customer service and ensures that quality of assistance is maintained throughout the entire period of agreement.
  • Promotes more professional, informed and productive relationships between all involved parties (brokers and their customers, insurers and others involved in the industry, etc.)
  • Works alongside insurance laws as well as addressing issues that aren’t explicitly dealt with in legislation.

Transparency

To create transparency in all areas of service, the Code:

  • Promotes an honest and responsive communication system for brokers, their clients and anyone else involved.
  • Commits all insurance brokers to providing a free and transparent complaints and compliance review process.

Dealing with breaches justly

To make sure brokers are abiding by all rules and regulations, the Code:

  • Enforces aforementioned complaints system and conducts a fair and timely process for a resolution to be sought.
  • Ensures that if there is a breach of the Code, brokers will abide by any binding sanctions imposed on them under the Code.
Why is it important?

The Code provides a clear framework for brokers to abide by, enhancing both their professionalism and their competence in the broking industry. In doing so, consumer confidence and trust is built, and honourable relationships are formed.