As a third generation insurance broker business, we specialise at protecting you and your business

Company Profile

SME Insurance Group is a boutique business insurance broking specialist. We focus on business with turnover between $1 million to $100 million across all industries, and individuals with personal assets of more than $3 million. 

SME Insurance Group is led by Paul Benjamin as the Managing Director. Paul is a third generation Benjamin who has dedicated their lives to solving their clients' business problems with smart insurance solutions since 1921. 

The three generations of Benjamin insurance brokers

Paul O. Benjamin

Rodney L. Benjamin

Oswald D. Benjamin

Paul Benjamin has more than 23 years insurance experience and is an accomplished business owner and entrepreneur. View Paul's Linkedin profile here

Rodney L. Benjamin worked for Edward Lumley Group insurance brokers and underwriters, from 1948 to 1981, where he rose to be Managing Director Lumley Victoria and Director Edward Lumley Australia from 1975 – 1981. He was also Director of Operations of the National Employers Mutual Insurance Company throughout Australia, which at that time was the largest insurer of workers’ compensation in Australia.

In 1981, because of heart health problems he retired at age 51 from all positions in the Edward Lumley Group; but after recuperation he returned to business and also studied Economic History at Melbourne University from where he graduated with a Phd.

In 1982, he commenced a general insurance consultancy. His clients were the State Government of Victoria, Municipal Association of Victoria, WorkCover, Victorian Port Authority, State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Medical Defence Association of Victoria, Coopers & Lybrand.

During 1991 – 2003, he was Director and CEO of Professional Indemnity Insurance Company Australia Pty. Limited, a captive insurance company for the Medical Defence Association of Victoria.

Rodney's key insurance industry appointments include: 

  • Honorary Life Member of The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance

  • President of Insurance Institute of Victoria, 1973.

  • Councillor of Australian Insurance Institute 1973 – 1981.

  • Inaugural Chairman of Victorian Advisory Board, Insurance Council of Australia, 1975.

  • Inaugural Chairman of Society of Fellows Australian Insurance Institute, 1989

  • Member of Victorian Government Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, 1977 – 1981

  • Chairman of Victorian Workers’ Compensation Insurers’ Committee, 1977 – 1981

  • Chairman of Insurance Council Victorian Workers’ Compensation Rating Committee,1977 – 1981

  • Chairman of Insurance Council of Australian Workers’ Compensation Committee, 1978

  • Chief examiner, Fellowship, Australian Insurance Institute, 1973-1979.

Oswald D Benjamin was the youngest son of Sir Benjamin Benjamin, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1887 to 1889.

In 1921, Oswald opened the second Australian office of Bennie S. Cohen Lloyds Broker which became the biggest insurance broker in the Melbourne market.

Oswald remained as the managing director of Bennie S. Cohen (Victoria) Pty Ltd until his untimely death of a heart attack in 1944. The company Oswald managed was later known as Lumley Insurance Ltd, and as of 2014 it was acquired by Insurance Australia Group Ltd (who also own CGU Ltd). 

Oswald other substantial contributions to Australia include: 

  • serving as Sergeant with the 6th Field Artillery, AIS from 1914 to 1918

  • founding member of Melbourne Legacy Club

  • director of Foster's Brewing Co Ltd

SME Insurance Group
ABN 31 091 099 811
AR No 1268012
an Authorised Representative of PSC Connect Pty Ltd
ABN 23 141 574 914
AFSL 344648
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