Allianz employees safe after Melbourne Building evacuation

6 December, 2007

Marland House, a multi-story building at 570 Bourke Street Melbourne, was evacuated earlier this afternoon as a result of what has been reported as a fire at an electrical substation behind the building.

"Allianz staff followed normal company emergency evacuation procedures which worked smoothly, reflecting the value of Allianz’s regular evacuation training", said Nicholas Scofield, General Manager Corporate Affairs.

"We made the decision earlier this afternoon to allow the Allianz staff that work at 570 Bourke Street to go home following advice from emergency services that the building would not be reopened this afternoon", added Mr Scofield.

Allianz's business continuity procedures were activated immediately after the fire was reported and are working well.

Allianz's Victorian Workers' Compensation division is located at 570 Bourke Street and all customer calls have been diverted to alternative Allianz sites in Australia. Critical business activities are being managed from alternative locations until full services have been restored.

Media enquiries:
Nicholas Scofield
Allianz Australia Ltd
Ph. +61 2 9390 6596

Allianz Australia

Best General Insurance Company 2006*
Best General Insurance Company 2007*
Awarded Five Stars by CANNEX for best value car insurance nationally**

The Allianz Australia Group operates in Australia and New Zealand. It is one of Australia’s largest general insurers, a leading private workers’ compensation insurer, and more recently, a life insurer.

Allianz Australia delivers a wide range of personal, commercial and corporate insurance products and services. AAL is proud to be of service to more than 2 million policy holders and over 50% of Australia’s top 200 BRW listed companies have some form of insurance cover with the group.

Allianz Australia has approximately 3300 staff. In 2006, the company achieved a gross written premium exceeding AU$2.4 billion and investment assets of approximately AU$5.5 billion. Allianz Australia Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the worldwide Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest financial services companies.

*Australian Banking and Finance Insurance Awards
**A national five star rating is the highest rating awarded to national car insurance providers by CANNEX, September 2007