UAC is a professional organisation representing Australian underwriting agency members.
Underwriting agencies provide insurance products and services to brokers and customers. Their function is similar to that of an insurer’s operating division. Within a class of insurance business, there are types of risks that require particular, specialist skills and expertise.
Underwriting agencies specialise in underwriting these risks.
Using the skills and experience of an underwriting agency allows an insurer to underwrite a product or service without the need for its own staff, offices or many other resources or facilities.
Insurers represented by UAC members have given underwriting authority for certain standard or speciality products or services to members, subject to agreed terms and practices.
Underwriting agencies are committed to generating consistent profits to the companies that entrust them with underwriting resources.
Underwriting agencies are established in many countries and, as in Australia and New Zealand, exist to provide diverse insurance products and services to brokers.
Underwriting agencies provide other services to brokers, such as full underwriting, marketing, policy maintenance and claims management.
Underwriting agencies represent Australian insurers, some foreign organisations and markets such as Lloyd’s of London. This wide range of facilities, which includes markets brokers may not be able to readily access, is made available to professional insurance brokers throughout Australia and New Zealand.