AustralianSuper’s landmark group insurance deal will be the elephant in the room at the upcoming AIST Insurance Symposium, but it’s sure to get a mention as all its major players will be attending the event, for which registrations have just opened.

The big fund’s general manager of insurance, Noel Lacey, will join a panel discussing how group insurers attempt to differentiate themselves. Among others, Tower Australia’s head of group life Andrew Boldeman will also be on that panel, and no doubt the $200 million a year deal with AustralianSuper, which will see Tower add 30 people and open a Melbourne office, will get some airtime.

A separate panel discussing pricing trends in group insurance will hear from Jeff Humphrey of cHr Consulting, who along with Aon and IFS Insurance Broking was a consultant on the AustralianSuper insurance tender.

Those sessions are just part of a comprehensive one-day program, which will also discuss the role of group insurance in better public policy (via a session featuring ACTU president Sharan Burrow), state-of-the-art benefit design, the sometimes prickly relationship between group insurance and financial planning, and amongst others, a primer on better claims management from a woman at the frontline when claims go awry – Super Complaints Tribunal chair, Jocelyn Furlan.

The AIST Insurance Symposium will be held at Melbourne’s Sofitel on Collins on Wednesday, October 28.

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