Public Policy

Mental Health and Insurance - finding a better way

Co-author of the Institute's latest Green Paper 'Mental Health and Insurance' lets us in on the work behind the scenes, and tells a story to get us thinking - how can we find a better way to insure mental illness?

Actuaries report takes the lead in national mental health and insurance conversation

Lucy Brogden, Co-chair of the National Mental Health Commission thanked and congratulated the Actuaries Institute on a "timely" report at the 'Mental Health and Insurance' Green Paper media launch.

Michael Rice urges peers to promote and protect brand ‘Actuary’

Michael Rice arrived at the Institute last week to accept the 2017 Actuary of the Year Award alongside an entourage of supporters from the firm he founded 30 years ago.

Leading the conversation

Elayne Grace, Deputy CEO and Head of Public Policy, introduces the Actuaries Institute’s new thought leadership series 'The Dialogue - leading the conversation'.

Actuaries in Public Policy

The Actuaries Institute made a large contribution to public policy through research papers, submissions and engagement with policymakers in 2016. Head of Public Policy and Deputy CEO of the Actuaries Institute, Elayne Grace reflects on the highlights of 2016, and what's in store for 2017.

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Pre-Budget Submission - 2017/18

The Actuaries Institute’s Pre-Budget Submission encourages timely Government action to introduce and promote Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs); facilitate the rationalisation of life insurance legacy products; and implement stronger risk mitigation measures to protect against the potential impacts of climate change.

The NDIS: Today and Tomorrow

Actuary and Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Jessica Twigg, reports on the current state of the NDIS and some important lessons gleaned from the trial period of the scheme.

Update on physical, transition and liability climate risks

An Actuaries Institute event last week explored case studies of the physical risks from natural disasters, transition risks for investors as economies adapt to low carbon emissions, and governance risks for trustees and boards of directors.

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Advance maths study really is in decline in NSW

Jennifer Lang takes a dive into HSC stats and the numbers of students studying maths and sciences. What she finds is "a bit scary" for anyone looking for a future mathematically inclined workforce.

Banking on Capital: An Overview

Last month (Tuesday 30 August), the Actuaries Institute brought together an incredibly strong set of speakers from industry, regulators and academia to present their insights on the world of banking. Peter Sinkis reports.

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Appointed or C-Suite?

Institute President Lindsay Smartt shares some thoughts on the current review of the Appointed Actuary role.

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Better Recovery through Neuroscience

An understanding of basic neuroplasticity could help make our worker’s compensation claims systems less harmful and more sustainable. Rob Aurbach outlines his award-winning research paper.

Health Insurance in Australia: A Sustainable Future?

Health Actuary Ignatius Li discusses risks to the sustainability of Australia’s private health care system, ahead of the Institute’s inaugural Future of Health Seminar.

Actuary campaigns for ‘Better Bennelong’ in 2016 Election

With the date set for the Federal Election, Martin Mulcare is ramping up his campaign to run as an independent candidate in the safe Liberal seat of Bennelong. Here, he outlines his political motivations as Australia grapples with housing affordability, health and economic challenges a week on from the Budget.

Budget injects fairness into retirement incomes system

The Actuaries Institute welcomed the 2016-17 Federal Budget this week, citing policy changes designed to inject more equity and fairness into the retirement incomes system.

Deciding the objectives of the super system

On 29 February, around 40 members gathered at the Actuaries Institute for a Research Colloquia to discuss the objectives of the superannuation system. This is particularly timely given the release by the Government on 9 March of a discussion paper and consultation process on the “Objective of Superannuation”. Here, Andrew Boal summarises those discussions and some principles that emerged.

Creating inclusive insurance for all

Without doubt, it is the poorest people in the world who are most in need of the security that insurance brings. Queenie Chow discusses why the micro-insurance market has low penetration, and why actuaries are so well placed to assist.

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Numbers will force social change

Actuarial skills have an important role to play in building a game-changing long-term evidence base in the social sector, writes Alan Greenfield.

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Actuaries and Political Life

Actuary Helen McLeod will run against Josh Frydenberg in the next Federal Election in the blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Kooyong, Victoria. Here, Natalie Warren speaks to her about why she’s motivated to run for office (again) and why more actuaries should get involved in politics.

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Moving to the future beat

Actuaries Digital outgoing Chief Editor, Sharanjit Paddam, reflects on his experience over the last two years.

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