Public Policy

How can the government better use data? - The Dialogue podcast

The Institute’s latest Dialogue thought leadership paper explores where better outcomes can be delivered and significant savings can be made in social welfare through better data analytics.

Mental health matters for private health insurance

Andrew Matthews and Brendan Pon outline reforms to psychiatric waiting periods within private health insurance and how this sits within the broader need to address growing mental ill-health treatment in Australia. 

The HIH Royal Commission: Lessons for today - Actuaries Podcast

From "excitedly finding 'smoking guns' in emails" to getting "requests for interviews from 4-Corners within 24 hrs", Estelle Pearson and Tony Coleman share their unique insights into the HIH Royal Commission, drawing lessons for today.

Private Health Insurance: metallic paint, game theory and product standardisation

The interaction of reforms to categorise all hospital insurance products into Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold with the commercial and political environment will require careful planning and detailed risk assessment, writes Barry Leung.

Mental Health and Insurance - Understanding. Validating. Contributing

Chief Actuary for Medibank Private, Andrew Matthews outlines the prevalence of mental health conditions, government spending, and the role of insurance in improving services.

Modern government service delivery - 2018 Public Policy Essay Competition Winner

Hugh Miller's essay was singled out for its clear communication, logical structure and innovative approach to a growing issue for governments – how to deliver important services within ever tightening budgets.

Inspiring Change: Interview with Actuary and Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

In this Q&A, Meng shares why she loves working in "revolutionary disability reform", and the advice that changed how she approaches work and measures success. All ahead of her talk at the upcoming Young Actuaries Conference (YAC)!

Are you interested in tackling society’s issues?

The Actuaries Institute's Public Policy Council Committee has launched an essay competition for young actuaries - your chance to be published and win a $3,000 prize.

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.

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