About us

Barry Freer, insurance, SheppartonBarry Freer Insurance Agencies has been in business since 2005.

Our offices are located in Melbourne and Shepparton, Victoria and we have clients and expertise across a broad range of industries throughout regional Victoria, metropolitan Melbourne and interstate.

Having worked in insurance for more than 30 years, including in senior roles with leading national and international insurance brokers, founder Barry Freer formed his own insurance agency to deliver personalised service and local expertise under his own banner.

Insurance experience

Prior to starting up BFI, Barry worked with Westpac Insurance Brokers as a Branch Manager, then moved with them to Melbourne as the Vic Rural & Commercial Manager. Following that, Barry worked as the Victorian Commercial Division Manager at Marsh, and then returned to Shepparton as the AON Branch Manager.

Barry then joined Bradstock GIS as the Shepparton Manager and became an equity partner. That business was then sold to Willis Australia where Barry was appointed as Regional Manager up until he opened Barry Freer Insurance Agencies.

Over the years Barry held Directorship roles in a number of the businesses above, and also positions on industry representative bodies. Barry is currently the Chairman of the CGU National Authorised Reps Council, with more than 100 members Australia wide.

Customer service

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. But you don’t have to take our word for it! Here’s what one of our longtime clients has to say:

Industry leaders

We have a range of experience including:

  • General insurance
  • Transport and motor fleet
  • Commercial business
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Motor dealerships
  • Professional trades
  • Retail

We look after the industries above and many more. Contact us to find out how we can help protect your business.

“Our transport company, Canny Carrying Co has been a client of Barry’s for 25+ years and we’ve developed a professional and trusting working relationship over those years. Canny Carrying Co is one of the largest family-owned transport companies operating, and we are based in Wangaratta and Melbourne, carting general freight. Barry has an excellent understanding of our business, and has supported us well over a long period. Any truck/trailer and load claims are generally settled quickly and without issue. With a fleet of over 100 vehicles, freight and vehicle damage claims do occur from time to time, and Barry has always promptly helped with the claims settlement, reducing our administration. Barry provides professional advice, listens to our needs, and is always contactable 24/7, which is imperative in the transport industry.”
Rod Canny, Co-Director of Canny Carrying Co in Wangaratta