Superannuation trustees that were classifying new members as ‘smokers’ by default and charging them higher life insurance premiums have ceased this practice, and some trustees have remediated members for the extra premiums paid. Between 2017 to 2020, ASIC engaged with seven superannuation businesses, (comprising nine superannuation trustees) that had been, either at the time or…Read More Superannuation trustees compensate members wrongly classified as ‘smokers’
A number of life insurers appear not to be taking their obligations under the Life Insurance Code of Practice (the Code) seriously, according to a report released on Friday by the Life Code Compliance Committee (the Committee) – the independent Committee which monitors and enforces industry compliance with the customer service standards set out in…Read More Report shows life insurers need a stronger commitment to their Code compliance obligations
Casual and part-time workers, people out of work and people in ‘hazardous’ jobs often face the activities of daily living (ADL) test if they make a total and permanent disability claim. This effectively makes the TPD insurance in their super junk. More than 12 million Australians have total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance through their…Read More Are you paying for junk insurance in your super?
The Financial Rights Legal Centre has called on the life insurance sector to clean up its act following the release of a damning report by ASIC into Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) claims in both direct life insurance and life insurance in superannuation. The report, Holes in the safety net: A Review of TPD insurance claims, found…Read More Total and Permanent Disability Cover – a total mess
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have released a series of publications and an online tool allowing policyholders – for the first time – to compare life insurers’ performance in handling claims and disputes. The joint project is the culmination of more than two years of work…Read More APRA and ASIC publish world-leading life insurance data
Almost 38 million life insurance cover types were in force at 30 June 2018, according to the inaugural Annual Industry Data and Compliance Report compiled by the Life Code Compliance Committee (LCCC). The report is based on information provided by subscribers to the Life Insurance Code of Practice). Death (41%) and total and permanent disability…Read More Life insurance code monitoring body delivers report on Australian life insurance industry compliance
The following is a guest post by The Code Compliance and Monitoring team, a separately operated and funded business unit of the Financial Ombudsman Service. Unfair treatment of customers by institutions has been under the spotlight at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Beyond the Commission, however, consumer protection…Read More Codes of Practice – Consumers benefit
The Life Code Compliance Committee has released its inaugural Annual Report today. A copy of the accompanying media release can be found here. The Committee independently monitors subscribing insurers’ compliance with good industry practice, as set out in the Life Insurance Code of Practice (the Code). The Committee’s key purpose is to help…Read More Busy start for life insurance compliance body