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.

Insurance Inside Super – Federal Budget Changes

Kajal Pandya reports on the recent “Insurance Inside Super – Federal Budget Changes” Insights session. The session covered an interesting discussion around the challenges that superannuation funds and group insurers will face and the unintended consequences of the proposed Federal Budget changes.

History of AI Winters

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a very popular topic in the media now, but the concept of AI was first proposed almost 70 years ago. What happened in the AI research community over this time period and why did it take so long for the breakthroughs to occur? Milton Lim looks at the booms and busts of the AI industry over the years.

The ethics of machine learning - Podcast with Tiberio Caetano

With companies starting to pay the price for inadvertent unethical outcomes created by their systems and engineering, there is a need for data science professionals to understand and respect the discipline of ethics.

One father's motivation to take parental leave - CareerView Podcast

Transactions Actuary at Swiss Re, Eric Tsui, discusses the challenges he encountered when taking parental leave, and the support he received from his employer to do so.

Health Insurance Reform: Challenges and Opportunities

New Private Health Insurance (PHI) reforms that will come into effect on 1 April 2019 will present health insurers with a range of challenges and opportunities. Shaini Sivagnanam reports.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - August 2018

Welcome to our PDF round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during August 2018.

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Update from the Retirement Incomes Working Group – August 2018

As Australia's population ages, issues have been recognised in the superannuation and pension systems. Anthony Asher gives an update of what the Retirement Incomes Working Group is doing to make positive changes to the current systems and guide future product design. 

Climate Change Blog – August 2018

The second instalment of the Climate Change Blog summarises news relating to litigation risk. This article series aims to cover news and events related to climate change and relevant to actuaries and the industries they advise. 

2018 Joint Regional Seminar Report

The 2018 Joint Regional Seminar (JRS) achieved a new record this year. attracting more than 1,000 delegates across the region, Kitty Chan reports.

In conversation with the Australian Government Actuary - Podcast with Guy Thorburn and Elayne Grace

As the office of the Australian Government Actuary (AGA) nears 100 years of service, Elayne Grace caught up with the current AGA Guy Thorburn, to find out what the office does.

AASB 17 Information Note: Insurance Contract Update

AASB 17 Implementation Taskforce releases the first operating version of the Information Note for practitioners.

Analytics Snippet: Multitasking Risk Pricing Using Deep Learning

Jacky Poon shows you how to build a risk premium pricing model using deep learning, in this example for a motor portfolio - a classic general insurance problem.

Dipping into Diversity: 'sound bites of thought' - The power of language in ‘fitting in’

How does the nature of the language and idioms you speak influence your perspectives? Here, Lesley Traverso, Convener of the Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group discusses a TED talk on this fascinating subject.

International CPD opportunities

There are over 30 committees, subcommittees, task forces, and working groups of the International Actuarial Association. These groups all commission, create and share content that may be relevant to Actuaries Institute members. Links to some of the content discussed at the recent meetings in Berlin, Germany are provided below.

Where Fun and Facts Collide - 2018 Sydney YAP Trivia Night

Participants in the recent Young Actuaries Program Trivia Night had the opportunity to network upon arrival and select their teammates for the night. Mariella El-Azzi reports on the successful event and tricky m&ms game of skill

The Critical Line - Volume 23

Dan Mayoh serves up a dicey problem for Volume 23 of the Critical Line. Plus, Oliver shares the solution to Volume 22 and its winner - who stood out by submitting an animated solution to the problem!

Fast five with Fintechs - M&A Solutions Ltd

In this instalment of 'Fast five with Fintechs', we ask Anna Knezevic about her experience setting up M&A Solutions Ltd, working on profit/capital optimisation based on incomplete data, and utilising data analytics to drive business insights.

I am an actuary

Becoming an actuary brings endless opportunities to your career including working abroad and in versatile industries. Discover what opportunities the profession has brought to six recently qualified actuaries. 

How to make flexible work arrangements work - CareerView Podcast

This instalment of the Institute's Diversity and Inclusion series asks the Chief Actuary at MLC Insurance, Darren Robinson, about his experience managing employees with flexible work (remote location and part time) arrangements. Darren discusses the value of an 'agile coach' in supporting part-time staff and how productivity, retention and morale can be affected by flexible working.