Petplan Australia

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Petplan Australia
FounderGwen & Doug Ford
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
ProductsPet Insurance

Petplan Australia is a pet insurance company underwritten by MS Amlin Syndicate 2001 at Lloyd's (Amlin).[1]

Petplan has separately-operated insurance companies in Australia,[2] Brazil, Canada,[3] the Netherlands,[4] Germany,[5] New Zealand,[6] the USA [7] and Spain.[8] Petplan is among the largest pet insurance companies in Australia.


Founded by Gwen and Doug Ford in 2004, Petplan Australia is a branch of Petplan UK that began in 2006 to cover pets for life. The Australian branch extended to New Zealand in 2008.

In 2016, following ASIC action, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Allianz) compensated 740 Petplan insurance customers over $231,000[9] and its agent, Petplan Australasia Pty Ltd (Petplan), has corrected its Petplan advertising.

In 2017 Petplan changed underwriters causing a massive increase in premiums sparking a large number of negative reviews.[10]


There are two types of insurance that Petplan Australia offers: the Petplan Professional for businesses and the Maximum Benefit plans for pet owners.[11] Pet owner insurance plans cover dogs, cats and horses. The four plans are:

  • Covered for Life Ultimate
  • Covered for Life Classic 2
  • Covered for Life Classic 1
  • 12 Months Essential

Petplan Australia covers veterinarians, dog breeders, brokers and pet shops. The Petplan Professional are plans that insure pet-related businesses including kennels, groomers, training schools and veterinarians. Petplan business insurance covers pet-related businesses from theft, catastrophic events and other business interruptions.[12] Like other pet insurance companies, Petplan does not offer coverage for pre-existing conditions, defined as those medical conditions that first occurred or showed clinical sign(s) or symptoms before the effective date of the policy or that occurred or showed clinical sign(s) or symptoms in the first 14 days of the policy.


Petplan Australia conducts pet food drives for animal shelters throughout Australia and New Zealand. The pet insurance company sponsors special events for the ASAVA,[13] Canine Community of South Australia[14] and Agility Nationals SA.[15] Annual Charitable donations go to Australian organizations like Animal Aid[16] and Guide Dogs Australia.[17] In 2016, Petplan Australia sponsored the Best in Show first prize for the Royal Melbourne Dog Show competition.[18]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Petplan Australia has been credited the following awards: 1 Choice Awards Top 9 of 10 Pet Insurance Products[19] 2 Best Pet Insurance Company 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 awarded by the Master Dog Breeders Association.[20]


  1. ^ "Amlin". Amlin.
  2. ^ "Petplan Australia". Archived from the original on 2019-11-03. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  3. ^ "Petplan Canada".
  4. ^ "Petplan Netherlands".
  5. ^ "Petplan Germany".
  6. ^ "Petplan New Zealand". Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  7. ^ "Petplan USA".
  8. ^ "Petplan Spain".
  9. ^ "ASIC orders Allianz to refund Petplan pet insurance customers". CHOICE. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2022-03-23.
  10. ^ "Petcover". Retrieved 2022-03-23.
  11. ^ "Petplan Insurance Policies". Petplan Australia.
  12. ^ "Business Insurance Policies". Petplan Australia.
  13. ^ "Australian Veterinary Association". ASAVA. Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  14. ^ "Canine Community of South Australia". Dogs SA.
  15. ^ "Agility Nationals Awards". Dog SA Agility Nationals.
  16. ^ "Animal Aid". Animal Aid Non-Profit Organization.
  17. ^ "Guide Dogs Non Profit Organization". Guide Dogs Australia.
  18. ^ "Petplan Best in Show". PR Wire.
  19. ^ "Best Pet Insurance". Choice Awards.
  20. ^ "Awards". Master Dog Breeders and Associates.

External links[edit]

[1] [2] [3] [4]

  1. ^ "Pet owners deserve family leave too". News Limited. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Petplan outrage: Campaign to end pet insurer's 'cruel' post-death premiums". ABC News. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. ^ "The Census Doesn't Ask One Question About Household Pets". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Muzzle the bite of vet bills with pet insurance". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 June 2016.