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MAV Insurance Bulletin

Issue 30: August 2016
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LMI scheme renewal process for 2016-17
In the courts…
Help Desk Q and A: managing risks associated with Pokémon Go
Best Practice Forums: wrap up
Events

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LMI scheme renewal process for 2016-17

MAV Insurance continues to have more than 90 per cent of all Victorian and Tasmanian councils as members despite the commercial insurance market being at its softest level in the past 40 years.

MAV Insurance tested the market for its reinsurance program for 2016-17 resulting in improved pricing across the whole of the program and a similar structure retained. This exercise saw a minimal average premium increase for members and ensured you continue to be protected by the scheme’s ‘co-insurance’ approach – having your policy backed by a number of reinsurers to protect against reinsurance failure.

Of the 18 Victorian and Tasmanian councils that went to tender this year, 14 chose to remain as members of the LMI scheme, confirming the competitiveness of the scheme’s products and premiums.

In the courts…

The Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal recently delivered its decision on the appeals in the matter of Nillumbik Shire Council v Victorian YMCA Community Programming Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 192. This related to a claim by a YMCA employee injured in the course of her employment at the Eltham Leisure Centre in 2005.

For a review of the finding and what it means for councils please visit our members- only website.

Another recent matter involving local government is the case of Mansfield v Great Lakes Council [2016] NSWCA 204 before the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

In short, the plaintiff sought damages from council for injuries sustained when he was driving his water truck along a single lane track which crossed a culvert and the left side of the bank gave way resulting in his truck rolling over.

He alleged that council, as the relevant road authority, negligently failed to build a sufficiently large culvert to prevent the ultimate erosion and collapse of the embankment.

For a review of the finding and what it means for councils please visit our members-only website.

Help Desk Q and A: managing risks associated with Pokémon Go

For anyone who has managed not to hear of Pokémon Go yet, it is a hugely popular location-based augmented reality game. The game has players chasing virtual creatures called Pokémon with the help of their smartphone or electronic device.

The game has raised some questions from members around managing the risks associated with large groups of people accessing council-owned land and facilities. In particular, the placement of a virtual ‘Pokestop’ on a golf course has been a cause for concern for one council trying to manage the large crowds gathering there day and night.

For more information on how to manage risks associated with Pokémon Go please visit our members-only website.

The LMI Help Desk is a free service for members wanting information or advice on risk management, policy coverage, potential or current claims, as well as general insurance matters.

If you have a query please contact:

Best Practice Forums: wrap up

We would like to thank our members who attended the latest round of Best Practice Forums (BPFs). Events in Tasmania and Victoria were well attended. We are encouraging members who have topics they would like covered in future forums to contact us so we can ensure these events continue to be as informative and worthwhile as possible.

This round of Victorian BPFs focused on Road Management Plans (RMPs) with all staff responsible for designing their council’s RMP encouraged to attend. Any member who wasn’t able to attend one of these forums can still contact MAV Insurance for free risk, claims and legal advice in the lead-up to councils reviewing their RMPs following the upcoming elections.

Thank you for completing the LMI scheme member survey

MAV Insurance would like to thank all those who took time to complete the LMI scheme member survey. The survey was developed to help us assess the importance and performance of the product and services provided to members, and to see if there’s opportunity for improvement.

Given MAV Insurance is driven by the needs of its members, your feedback is critical in ensuring the LMI scheme remains relevant and effective. The survey closed on 26 August and the data is now being collated and analysed by an independent organisation.

The results will be communicated to members at the next round of BPFs.

Events

Best Practice Forums

The next round of BPFs will be held in October and November.

Victoria

  • North West Rural Region - Wednesday 26 October
  • South West Rural Region - Thursday 27 October
  • Metropolitan Region – MAV Insurance Office, Melbourne - Thursday 3 November
  • North Central Rural Region - Monday 7 November
  • Eastern Rural Region - Thursday 10 November

Tasmania

  • Southern Tasmania - Wednesday 23 November
  • Northern Tasmania - Thursday 24 November

LMI reference groups

  • Victorian LMI Reference Group - MAV Insurance Office, Melbourne – 3 November
  • Tasmanian LMI Reference Group - 24 November

To register for the next round of BPFs contact the Help Desk.

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