CEO Corner – Winter 2017

Welcome to the Winter edition of RiskeBusiness.  The last quarter at ALUCA has been yet another very busy and fruitful one.  Thank you to all of our hardworking sub-groups who have provided a host of highly relevant events and seminars in every state plus lined up a strong program of events for the rest of the year including  MiniLuca’s and Professional development days.  You can register for these via our website.

That brings me to our website news!  We’re delighted that our new and refreshed website is now well and truly up and running. It’s taken a while to develop – from a new look and feel, changes to the navigation, improving the content and ensuring you can all access the site easily from multiple devices. There are many more smaller but impactful changes all designed to make your experience of the ALUCA website that much more easier. You’ll also see in the Member’s Centre area we now have videos for you to enjoy at your leisure plus a CPD section that you can track your ongoing professional development with via a self service tool. We really hope you like the changes, and would love to hear from you if you have any feedback, please let us know via our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

In May we held ALUCA’s first invitation-only  Executive Leaders Forum at Sydney’s Taronga zoo hosted by our platinum sponsors. A huge thanks to all of them and for the participants for making this event possible.  The Forum eventuated from Executive Leaders feedback requesting  a Forum specifically tailored for their needs. You can read more about the event in the article that was written by our new student marketing intern, James Dommett who helped out on the day. The feedback has been so strong that we are now looking at providing a similar Future Leaders Forum – stay tuned for further details.

You may also have seen that we now have a new student membership category for full-time students. It was developed to help promote careers in life insurance – which can be diverse, rewarding and challenging. So if you know of a full time student who might like to consider a career in life insurance please let them know about ALUCA’s student membership which is heavily discounted. Proof of full time student status is required.

We also  want to recognise and celebrate the value that great Life Insurance underwriting, claims, rehabilitation and service providers create. To that end we are now advanced in our planning for an inaugural ALUCA Life Insurance Excellence Awards night for the first half of next year. These awards  will provide an opportunity for the best in the profession to recognise the fantastic work being done by their peers and colleagues.  We will have both individual and team categories. More details will follow shortly.

ALUCA’s education working group have also just signed off on an updated best practice industry capabilities framework based on the UK’s Chartered Insurance Institute’s framework that has been adapted  to the Australian life insurance market by highly regarded ALUCA life member Tony O’Leary from G & T Risk management. A huge thanks to Tony. The framework  will be released shortly for industry consultation.

It’s a busy time for the industry too right now with the FSC’s historic Life Insurance Code of Practice (the Code) being adopted and implemented with  compliance with the code from 1 July, 2017.   A great milestone for everyone involved. Wishing everyone much success.

All the very best,

Amanda McKernan

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Are you aware that we have higher membership levels that recognises your Life Insurance experience, capabilities, leadership experience, underwriting and claims authority and qualifications. You can read more about this in the membership section of ALUCA’s website – click here