CEO Corner Autumn 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Autumn RiskeBusiness edition.  It’s been a bumpy start to the year as the industry continues to be buffeted by the winds of regulatory and corporate change with the release back in February of the Hayne Royal Commission report. This report was a key focus area at ALUCA’s recent strategic planning day with the Chair of the ALUCA working party providing insights on the key areas of the report specific to life insurance underwriters, claims and rehabilitation professionals and the potential solutions for our members and industry moving forward.

We proudly launched this working party report at an Executive Leaders briefing in Sydney. This was followed by an email to all members sharing a copy of the report. We held back the release of this edition of ReB so we could share it here too. I encourage you all to read this and very much hope that the analysis provided of the key relevant areas is of assistance to you & your organisation with the possible solutions for moving forward. Thanks again to all of the working party led by Tony O’Leary for so generously providing their time & insights. This speaks volumes about our passionate volunteers, their dedication & commitment to the ongoing education and professional development of both the industry & ALUCA members. Something that we know is important to all ALUCA members. You can read ALUCA’s full working party briefing report in this edition of ReB.

Following on from a productive strategy planning day I’m delighted to share some of ALUCA’s key strategic priorities and activities for this year. They include: creating greater traction and awareness for ALUCA’s Certified Professional Life Insurance (CPLI) accreditation & continuous professional development (CPD) membership program. We’ve had a lot of members applying for this and the education committee have just reviewed this last quarters applications.  In the current environment it’s never been more important to demonstrate the professionalism of our industry, to that end we will continue to drive CPLI awareness with a series of roadshows. That’s how committed we are to making this accreditation program available  to as many members as possible by coming into your workplaces to provide more information about these programs to help accredit as many of your teams as possible – at no charge to you – that’s how important we feel this is –  and also provide education about the importance of ongoing continuous professional development and how we can help with this too.

On that note if you’d like to take advantage of a Roadshow at your offices please drop either myself or our Secretariat Officer a note and we’ll organise that at a time that woks for you and your teams.

The latest annual member research highlighted ALUCA’s different member and partner needs.  Many of you mentioned you would like to see us providing more educational opportunities on line. This is another key strategic activity that we are committed to – providing a digital strategy to provide online content for all to access 24 x 7. We are now looking at the next evolution of ALUCA’s website to help upgrade this platform and will keep you informed of these developments.

ALUCA events are now in full swing including ALUCA’s annual Life Insurance Excellence Awards night which will be held this year in Melbourne on May 22nd at the Arts Centre. Nominations have now closed but tickets are still available. Please do come and show your support for your colleagues. Help us celebrate and recognise excellence in the industry with the wonderful and highly deserving people who have been nominated.

I look forward to hopefully seeing you there or at a future ALUCA event or activity. Here’s wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter.

Warmest wishes,

Amanda McKernan

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