The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and TurksLegal have announced the opening of submissions for the 2015 ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship.

Recognising excellence in general insurance, entrants are asked to submit a 2,500 word essay answering one of five questions about the general insurance industry, including topics on:

  • Affordability of insurance and effectiveness of claims handling when natural disasters occur.
  • Conflicts between insurers and insureds.
  • Challenges to insurers from sharing economy services, such as Uber and AirBnB.
  • Personal responsibility of insureds and contributory negligence.
  • Maximising customer satisfaction through human touch points in the insurance process.

The winning entry will have the choice to be awarded an overseas conference package valued up to $8,000, including registration to the 2016 Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo in the USA, flights, accommodation and $500 spending money, or $5,000 cash, and registration to the 2016 ANZIIF Claims Convention, with return flights and accommodation.

The ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship runner-up will be awarded registration to the 2016 ANZIIF Claims Convention, with flights and accommodation.

“We are thrilled to offer this significant career development opportunity to a member of the Australian insurance community. This Scholarship will not only enhance the winner’s understanding of the industry in a global context but will help them to develop their leadership skills and allow them to represent Australia among their international counterparts,” said Prue Willsford, Chief Executive Officer, ANZIIF.

Scholarship submissions will be judged by an industry expert panel including representatives from major insurers and legal advisors.

Submissions for the ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship close at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday 6 October 2015. For more information, and the entry form visit ANZIIF Scholarships.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be an Australian resident and based in Australia.
  • Directly work in a capacity connected with general insurance or workers compensation and be based in Australia.
  • Entry is not open to lawyers, accountants or medico-legal consultants employed in capacities other than as direct employees of a general insurance company including reinsurance companies or insurance claims management companies.

The winner will be announced at the ANZIIF General Insurance Breakfast in Sydney on Thursday 26 November 2015.

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