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Surety Bonds

Enjoy greater financial flexibility.

Bond types

Bid / tender bonds
Performance bonds
Advance payment bonds
Retention release bonds
Maintenance bonds
Off-site material bonds
Bank fronted bonds


Eligible companies

$50M+ per annum turnover
$5M minimum net tangible worth
Positive cash flow
Positive working capital
3+ years of continuous profitability
3+ years in operation

What are Surety Bonds?

Surety Bonds are the most efficient and cost-effective way to finance your contract security obligations and are widely accepted by the private sector, federal, state and local municipalities.

A surety bond is a three-way obligation between the Contractor, the Principal or Beneficiary and the Surety who has the responsibility to secure the obligations of the Contractor.

Surety bonds are a genuine alternative to traditional secured guarantee bank facilities. They are designed to deliver a flexible and effective bonding program, operating alongside your traditional banking line of credit. Bonds carry an identical wording to a bank guarantee, following the Australian Standards AS2124 which is an unconditional and on-demand undertaking. They also carry the same obligations at law as a bank guarantee.

A surety bond gives you greater financial flexibility by allowing your organisation to leverage your capital base (i.e. better utilisation of your balance sheet), thus enhancing working capital and opportunities to improve liquidity.

Surety bonds remove the need to have contingent liability (i.e. lazy capital) on your balance sheet. They help overcome the current ‘rationing’ of credit by financial institutions, meaning contractors can take on more projects without being restricted by security requirements.

We utilise the services of leading Australian underwriters when applying for Surety Bonds.


Key benefits
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Secure as a bank guarantee
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No tangible asset required for security
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Improves your liquidity by leveraging your capital base
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Removes growth constraints from financial institutions

Surety Bonds vs. bank guarantees?

Let’s look at an example: You win a contract for $20 million, you are required to lodge a bond for $2 million (10% of the contract value).

A financial institution would require you to either place a deposit of $2 million or use assets of similar value as security. As surety bonds are unsecured, your assets remain unencumbered and working capital is released to fund future contracts.

Another example of why your should consider Surety Bonds:


One of Australia’s leading major building companies shockingly went into administration after being unable to secure additional funds from its banks following cost blow-outs on their large-scale projects.

The building company utilised surety bonds for their performance and maintenance guarantees. Once the company was in administration, the beneficiaries of the bonds, principals of the projects they had contracted to, claimed on the surety bonds in place.

Just over $150m was called on in the first week of administration with all bonds paid within two weeks of the building company going into administration.

Advice from our experts:

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We are the leading surety broker in Australia. We have access to unparalleled global surety market experience and underwriting partners with significant capacity. We prioritise timely bond issuance above everything else, so you can focus on running your business.

Bill Korakis National Business Development Manager (Surety)

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Bill Korakis
Bill Korakis
National Business Development Manager (Surety)

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