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MAV Insurance Bulletin

Issue 31: October 2016
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Positive financial result for LMI scheme 2015/16
Pleasing results from member survey
Drone coverage
Industry response to coroners findings and recommendations: WaterMarc drowning
MAV Insurance staff movements
Recent court decisions
LMI Help Desk
Events

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Positive financial result for LMI scheme 2015/16

MAV Insurance financial results for 2015/16 have improved, with the LMI scheme achieving a surplus of $306,000 on the back of improved net claims and a reduction in costs. The annual report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the financial results of the scheme will be released shortly.

For further information about these matters and how the LMI scheme operates, contact Owen Harvey-Beavis.

Pleasing results from member survey

Results from our MAV Insurance member survey indicated a high level of satisfaction with the LMI scheme and the services provided to members.

The scheme’s overall performance was rated between ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ across all service areas including risk management, claims management, legal counsel and general administration.

Based on survey feedback, the MAV will implement some minor changes to better meet members’ needs, including the timing of Best Practice Forums, and reforms to our member engagement strategy. We thank all members who took the time to complete the survey.

Drone coverage

We are pleased to inform members that following successful negotiations with our panel of reinsurers the LMI policy has now been extended to cover the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles/UAVs) in connection with the business of member councils.

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Industry response to coroner's findings and recommendations: WaterMarc drowning

On 2 February 2014 a 23-year-old Indian national studying in Australia was found unconscious in a 50 meter pool at WaterMarc in Greensborough. After six days in intensive care at the Austin Hospital he was tragically unable to be revived.

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MAV Insurance staff movements

Sharyn La Rocca, who has provided great support to LMI as co-ordinator of our member events (Best Practice Forums, conferences, seminars etc) has recently moved on to a new career outside insurance/local government. As a vital element of our servicing team over many years, Sharyn has made a valuable contribution to LMI for which we are very grateful.

Taking on the important responsibilities formerly handled by Sharyn is the newest member of our LMI team, Jessica Bates. We are delighted to have Jessica on board and offer her an extremely warm welcome. Jess can be contacted on (03) 8664 9315 or via email.

Recent court decisions

The matter of Greater Shepparton City Council ats Stephen Clarke was heard in the Supreme Court of Wangaratta in May and Justice Keogh handed down his decision in September.

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The matter of Baw Baw Shire Council ats Quality Roads P/L was heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria in August 2016. It was a contractual dispute not involving an MAV Insurance claim, but which nevertheless addressed the obligations of road authorities to inspect, maintain and repair roadways and pathways under S.40 of the Road Management Act.

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The matter of Beaumaris Football Club, Southern Metro Junior Football League and Bayside City Council ats Beau Hart was heard in February/ March 2016 with the County Court finally handing down its decision on 21 October 2016.

In 2009 Mr Hart was playing in an under 17 football match at Banksia Reserve which was the home ground of the first defendant, and was subject of a lease agreement with Bayside City Council (the third defendant) in a competition organised by the second defendant. During the match Mr Hart attempted a mark near the boundary line and came into contact with the boundary fence sustaining a serious injury to his knee. The case revolved around whether the boundary line had been marked too close to the perimeter fence.

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LMI Help Desk

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. All insurance members’ staff can access this service; it is not restricted to your Risk/Insurance Officer/s.

To find out more about how the Help Desk might be able to assist you and some of the common and not so common queries we receive, visit the members-only section of our website.

If you have any queries for MAV Insurance, please contact:

Events

November 2016 Best Practice Forums (Victoria)

The final round of 2016 Best Practice Forums have commenced. For dates and venues, visit the MAV Insurance events page.

To book, or for more information, contact MAV Insurance.

November 2016 Best Practice Forums (Tasmania)

The final round of the 2016 Best Practice Forums will be held on 23 and 24 November. Visit the MAV Insurance events page for full details.

To book, or for more information, contact MAV Insurance.

Save the date: 2017 MAV Insurance & Risk Conference (Tasmania)

Preparations for the 2017 Tasmanian MAV Insurance & Risk Conference are already underway:

Date: 16-17 March 2017
Venue: Country Club Tasmania
Address: Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale

Members are encouraged to contact MAV Insurance with any comments about the event planning process. More information will be provided over the coming months.

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