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MAV Insurance Bulletin

Issue 19: May-June 2014
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In this issue:

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Membership renewals 2014-15
LMI help desk Q&As
Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
Tree Root Risk Assessment
Risk Analysis and Response Reviews (RARR) and Nominated Services update
Claims Management Manuals
Thank you to our council speakers
Changes to Tasmanian Heritage Laws
Events

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Membership renewals 2014-15

LMI members should have received their 2014-15 public liability/professional indemnity insurance renewal invitations.

Over the past 12 months we have seen some improvement in claims performance which has assisted our reinsurance negotiations, and resulted in reinsurance program cost savings. This has meant that we have been able to achieve a lower than expected increase in both overall scheme contributions and individual member contributions.

Any contribution queries can be directed to Owen Harvey-Beavis on 03 9667 5584, while general renewal questions can be directed to Frank Loschiavo on 03 8664 9310, or Glenn McBurney on 03 8664 9308.

LMI Help desk Q&As

MAV Insurance receives many queries from members about a range of topics. This month LMI has summarised advice for members on signage guidance.

To read previous Help Desk Q&A articles, visit the MAV Insurance website.

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Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013

The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC) replaces the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (ACA) on 1 July.

The new Act consolidates the ACA and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993. It streamlines the legislation by grouping related provisions together and placing them in a more logical order.

There are some new provisions relating to employers wanting to seek premium reviews at VCAT but there are no substantive changes. However, the section numbers have all changed. A table has been established, setting out the commonly-used provisions of the ACA as they now appear in the WIRC Act.

Tree Root Risk Assessment

A second meeting of the working group has been held on 3 June to confirm final changes to the draft Tree Root Risk Assessment checklist template.

A final version of the template, along with a guidance document, will be released to members at the next round of Best Practice Forums.

Risk Analysis and Response Reviews (RARR) and Nominated Services update

All members have been contacted to schedule and confirm their tailored risk management service.

Over 22 RARR services have either been completed or are in progress.

The service areas have included landfill management, footpath inspection, road management, compliance audit, and tree root management.

Eight nominated services have been delivered and a further 16 confirmed in coming months.

The focus for these services vary, and have included sports ground, tree and event management targeted risk appraisals, special committee workshops, site inspections, and risk assessment training. As the services are delivered and programs evaluated, we will be sharing the key findings and lessons with the broader membership.

More detailed information will be provided at the upcoming forums.

Claims Management Manuals

The MAV Insurance Claims Management Manuals are updated and are now available online.

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Thank you to our council speakers

A very big thank you to our four council speakers at the Tasmanian Conference:

  • Kate Siebert from Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Karen Stone from Devonport City Council
  • Allison Daley from Burnie City Council
  • Brooke Hornsby from Burnie City Council

Sharing experiences between councils is extremely valuable and MAV Insurance appreciates member input. If your council has a topic that you think others would benefit hearing, contact MAV Insurance.

Changes to Tasmanian Heritage Laws

Recent changes to the Tasmanian Heritage Laws were introduced on 1 March. Prior to carrying out any works on places registered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, be sure to seek approval from the Heritage Council.

Further information is available online.

Events

Best Practice Forums – Round Two

The second round of Best Practice Forums for Victoria and Tasmania have now been set, with dates and venues confirmed.

Visit the MAV Insurance website for venue details and copies of agendas.

Victorian Liability Risk Profiling Workshops

This year, we are holding Liability Risk Profiling workshops which will be held immediately after each Victorian region’s Best Practice Forum lunch, from 1.15pm – 4pm. These workshops will be designed for key risk management and insurance personnel to assist you in:

  • Identifying key public liability and professional indemnity risk exposures
  • Clarifying the way public liability and professional indemnity risks are described in your risk assessments, risk register and risk profile documents
  • Properly documenting controls and their effectiveness
  • Developing useful templates for risk assessment and dashboard style reporting.

More information is provided in the invitation and registration form.

Tasmanian MAV Insurance Conference

The annual MAV Insurance Conference was held on 8-9 May at Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens. It included a focus on reputational risk, emergency management and volunteering. Presentations from the event are available online.

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Save the date: Victorian MAV Insurance & Risk Conference

The Victorian Conference will be on 16-17 October at the Melbourne Museum. Further details will be available in future bulletins.

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