Who we are and our history

Gallagher is one of Australia’s – and the world’s – largest insurance broking and risk management companies. We operate in more than 30 countries and have an alliance of network partners in 150 countries.

We specialise in creating innovative and comprehensive risk and insurance solutions for businesses, and in Australia we are the chosen partner to more than 125,000 businesses, from micro-SMEs through to multinational corporations and some of the world’s most iconic brands. With 25+ locations across Australia, we understand local business communities because we're part of them ourselves.

When you deal with us, you’re not just another client. We're keen to get to know you, your business and your requirements. Our goal is always to provide you with robust advice and efficient solutions, tailored to meet your insurance needs.

We are genuine in our commitment to our clients. Indeed, our commitment to conducting ethical business has resulted in Gallagher being been recognised as one of the 'World’s Most Ethical Companies' by the international Ethisphere Institute for eight consecutive years from 2012‒2019. We’re the only insurance broker in the world to have earned this accolade.

Our Australian history

The Australian operation of Gallagher began trading in 1985 and is wholly owned by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a family-owned US brokerage that was founded in October 1927. Gallagher employs more than 2,500 staff in 60+ locations across Australia and New Zealand.

The group is divided into four operating entities:

  • Gallagher – providing insurance broking and risk management services.
  • Crombie Lockwood (New Zealand) – providing insurance broking and risk management services.
  • Gallagher Bassett – a multi-line third party claims administrator. Specialising in the detailed implementation and management of claims and compensation programs.
  • Pen Underwriting Agencies – a multi-line general insurance agency.

In 2014, Gallagher purchased the insurance broking arm of Wesfarmers Limited, which included OAMPS Insurance Brokers (Australia) and Crombie Lockwood (New Zealand).

OAMPS' history began in 1976 as the Oil Agents Mutual Provident Society (OAMPS) with the aim of sourcing a better insurance deal for members of the fuel transport industry. In 1989 OAMPS was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, by which time it had become a mainstream insurance broker and one of Australia’s Top 200 listed companies. In 2006, OAMPS became part of the Wesfarmers Group, prior to its acquisition by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Since inception, Gallagher’s mission has been to build strong relationships with our clients and business partners, while treating each other with respect and providing solid opportunities for professional growth.

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