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Supporting customers experiencing vulnerability

We recognise that anyone may experience vulnerability at some point in their lives, due to common and unpredictable life events such as illness or the death of a loved one.

At Zurich, we are committed to recognising and supporting customers experiencing vulnerability.

What do we mean by Vulnerability?

A customer experiencing vulnerability is someone who, due to their personal circumstances, has unique needs and is especially susceptible to loss, harm or disadvantage, and therefore may need additional support.

We understand that vulnerability can be temporary or ongoing, and can affect anyone, at any time.

Customers may experience vulnerability due to a range of factors including (but not limited to):

  • Mental or physical health conditions
  • Financial distress/hardship
  • Disability
  • Language and/or literacy barriers
  • Remote locations and isolation
  • Family or Domestic Violence
  • Natural disasters and catastrophic events
  • Age

We recognise the importance of understanding the needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and customers from different cultural backgrounds. We are committed to providing access to support services, where needed, and tailoring these services to meet your specific needs.

We also recognise that a customer may need extra support due to the event that led to their Insurance claim.

How we can help

Zurich will take steps to ensure that you are provided with the service you need and will work with you or your representative to identify how best to provide support.

We understand it can be difficult to speak openly about your situation. However, our staff have been specifically trained to assist you in your time of need, will treat you with empathy and will ensure that at all times we manage your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Life Insurance, Investments & Superannuation:

By phone:

 131 551 (Australia-wide)
 +61 2 9995 3777 (Overseas)

8.30am-7pm AEST Monday -Thursday
8.30am-5.30pm AEST Friday

By email:

 client.service@zurich.com.au

General Insurance:


By phone:

 132 687 (Australia-wide)
 +61 2 9995 1111 (Overseas)

8.30am-5.30pm AEST Monday - Friday
 

By email:

 gi.feedback@zurich.com.au

Customers with hearing and speech impairment, can contact us via the National Relay Service on 1300 555 727. Customers requiring translation assistance can contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and request they contact us on your behalf. We may also offer translation assistance for customers, including appointing an interpreter to assist in our communications. To request an interpreter, contact us using the details listed above.

We welcome customer feedback

Should you require assistance with lodging a Complaint, please contact us using the details listed above. Customer Complaints can also be registered at:  https://www.zurich.com.au/contact-us/complaints.html.

Our policies are designed to support you

To understand our policies further, simply click on the relevant link for you.

Other sources of support

The following resources are available to anyone experiencing vulnerability. These services are free and confidential.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call 000.

EMERGENCY – AMBULANCE/POLICE/FIRE - 000

Claim up to 20 sessions with a Mental Health Professional through Medicare

Website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/whats-covered-medicare/mental-health-care-and-medicare

Beyond Blue - information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health

Phone: 1300 224 636                   

Website: www.beyondblue.org.au

24 Hour Line – telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help.

Phone: 1800 199 008

Kids Help Line – free telephone and online counselling service for young people

Phone: 1800 551 800

Lifeline – provides access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services

Phone: 13 11 14                                   

Website: www.lifeline.org.au

MensLine Australia - telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men

Phone: 1300 789 978

The Samaritans Help Line - 24 Hour support for the despairing, lonely or suicidal

Phone: 135 247

Salvation Army Hope Line for suicide support

Phone: 1300 467 354

Suicide Call Back Service – nationwide 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide

Phone: 1300 659 467   

Website:  www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Mental Health Emergency Response Line – 24/7 telephone service for people in Perth metro area experiencing mental health crisis

Phone: 1300 555 788

Poisons Information Centre

Phone: 13 11 26

Griefline – telephone counsellors

Phone: 1300 845 745 (6am to midnight AEST)

Website: https://griefline.org.au/

National Association for Loss and Grief

Phone: 02 6882 9222

Website: http://www.nalag.org.au/


MoneySmart - ASIC provides tips and advice on managing money

Website: https://moneysmart.gov.au/

National Debt Helpline - free, confidential financial counselling service

Phone: 1800 007 007

Website: https://ndh.org.au/

Legal Aid Commissions – each State and territory provide legal assistance services, including some that is available free of charge for certain individuals

Website: https://info.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/public-safety-and-law/legal-aid

Website: www.probonocentre.org.au

Kildonan Uniting Care – provide financial support programs and child, youth and family support (website provides option to select language)

Phone: 1800 002 992

Website: www.unitingkildonan.org.au

The Salvation Army Moneycare - free, confidential financial counselling service

 

Phone: 1800 722 363

Website: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/financial-assistance/financial-counselling/

Telephone and video translation services

Phone: 131 450

Website: www.tisnational.gov.au

Hearing and speech impaired customers can contact Zurich via the National Relay Service

 

Phone: 1300 555 727.

Website: http://relayservice.gov.au

1800 RESPECT  - a 24 hour national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling line

Phone: 1800 737 732

Website: www.1800respect.org.au

Services Australia – support services & tools

Website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/family-and-domestic-violence/who-else-can-help-family-and-domestic-violence

ACON Sydney - help LGBTIQ people who have experienced domestic and family violence by providing a range of resources and support services

Website: https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/domestic-family-violence/#domestic-family-violence

QLife – LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships

Phone: 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight, 7 days)

Website: https://qlife.org.au/get-help

White Ribbon – support services in each state

Website: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/Find-Help/Support-Services

DV Connect Womens Helpline – free crisis helpline for Queenslanders identifying as female and experiencing domestic and family violence

Phone: 1800 811 811

 

DV connect Mens Helpline - Queensland’s free, domestic and family violence helpline for anyone identifying as male, regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, income or religion. Offering counselling, information & referral pathways

Phone: 1800 600 636 (9am – midnight, 7 days)

 

Sexual violence helpline - free helpline offering emotional support and referral pathways for any Queenslander who have been sexually assaulted or abused.

Phone: 1800 010 120 (7:30am – 11:30pm, 7 days)

Ask Izzy - mobile website that connects people who are in crisis with the services they need right now and nearby.

Website: https://askizzy.org.au/

Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline – information on victims’ rights, how to access counselling & financial assistance

Phone: 1800 019 123

Women’s Legal Services Australia

Website: http://www.wlsa.org.au/

Men’s Referral Service – advice for men about Domestic Violence

Phone: 1300 766 491

Website: https://www.ntv.org.au/get-help/

Domestic Violence in Regional Communities – provides a contact list of services available in different States in Australia for people impacted by, or perpetrators of domestic violence

Website: www.dvirc.org.au

 

Australian Childhood Foundation – counselling for children and young people affected by abuse

Phone: 1800 176 453

Website: www.childhood.org.au

Website: www.stopchildabuse.com.au

Relationships Australia – Support groups and counselling on relationships for abusive and abused partners

Phone: 1300 364 277

Website: www.relationships.com.au

Say it Out Loud – national resource for the LGBTQ+ communities and to build the capacity for service professionals working with people who have experienced sexual, domestic and family violence

Website: https://sayitoutloud.org.au/abusive-relationships/getting-help/find-a-service/?state=all

Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People

Website: https://www.openminds.org.au/services/supporting-culturally-and-linguistically-diverse-people-cald

Head to Health - Support & Resources for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people

Website: https://www.headtohealth.gov.au/supporting-yourself/support-for/culturally-and-linguistically-diverse-people

Aboriginal Health Services and Support

Website: https://www.cesphn.org.au/services-and-support/services-aboriginal

Culturally appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Website: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-mental-health-program

Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Website: www.wellmob.org.au

Disaster Assist – getting help & key contacts

Website: https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/