Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to cover principles of General Insurance Law through an examination of the general principles relating to the construction and interpretation of various classes of insurance cover in relation to land based risks. Some of the common classes of cover which will be dealt with are Fire and Public Liability Risks, Motor Insurance cover, Home Owners and Home Contents policies. The syllabus will deal with regulatory aspects of insurance as covered by key legislation, common law principles which regulate the relationship between the insurer and the insured such as the duty of good faith, non-disclosure and misrepresentation and fraud in insurance contracts. The legislative frame work will also be taken into account. Of relevance here will be coverage of the principles of subrogation, election, waiver and estoppel. From the practical perspective, duties owed by a lawyer when retained by an insurer, as well as a lawyer's professional responsibilities will be considered

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBalu Rao

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW2CTA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Insurance Law : A First ReferencePrescribedGreg PyntLEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS 2008
ReadingsPrincilples of Insurance LawRecommendedKelly 7 BallLEXIS NEXIS LOOSELEAF VERSION
ReadingsPrinciples of Liability InsuranceRecommendedDerrington&AshtonLEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS 2005

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBalu Rao

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Oral arguments in tutorials with prepared skeletal arguments of not more than 400 words20
open book examination50
written essay (1,500 to 1,800) words30