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Housing NZ to examine meth policy failures

Housing New Zealand will report on its methamphetamine contamination practices after a flawed approach led to state housing evictions and $NZ100 million of spending on mostly unnecessary testing and remediation…

NZ insurers to look again at cladding risk

New Zealand insurers will reassess risks after Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch authorities released updates from flammable cladding audits…

CTP cover widely misunderstood

Most Australian motorists do not understand what compulsory third party (CTP) insurance means, and many are driving without appropriate cover, according to a survey of 1500 people across NSW, Victoria and Queensland…

Manning urges industry to fight adjuster visa cut

The industry has been alerted to a Federal Government move to remove loss adjusting from its short-term list of occupations for temporary skilled work visas…

Hackers skills shortage pose threat to maritime sector

Cyber crime and labour shortages are among the top five emerging risks for the Australian maritime industry, according to Gallagher…

on insurance class action

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Sydney-based Bannister Law is investigating a potential class action against seven general insurance companies providing add-on insurance through car dealers…

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New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission has been urged to overhaul its data, employ an extra claims team and improve communication to speed settlement of remaining Canterbury claims…

Insurers urged to harness power of AI now

Australian insurers must act now to seize the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence, which is likely to transform the business world as profoundly as any past innovation, Accenture says…

Market crash poses biggest risk to Australian GDP

A financial market crash could place almost half of Australia’s economic output at risk, making it the single largest threat to the economy, Lloyd’s says…

O volatility continues as class actions mount

The market for directors’ and officers’ insurance continues to deteriorate as class actions ramp up…

ACCC releases initial findings on northern pricing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its preliminary findings on the north’s home insurance market…

Fels queries Suncorp premium rise

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world The NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor says it is investigating the basis for a jump in Suncorp’s home insurance premiums…

Bushfire power lines not up to standard

An energy regulator’s report on the Terang bushfire in Victoria has concluded powerlines owned by utility company Powercor did not meet Australian “clearance standards”…

Insurers step back from thermal coal

Insurers are withdrawing cover for thermal coal as regulation and ethical practices have a growing impact on the industry…

NZ directors rate cyber as leading threat

Cyber attacks top a poll ranking external risks to New Zealand businesses, for the second year running…

Law reform body considers regulation for third party litigation funders

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper querying whether the Commonwealth should regulate class action proceedings and third party litigation funders…

Strata sector insured value nears 1 trillion

Australia’s strata and community title sector has grown to about 2.6 million title lots with an insured value of $995 billion, a new report shows…

NZ science chief blows away meth residue fears

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world The New Zealand Government’s science adviser has found no evidence that residue from home methamphetamine smoking will harm future residents, paving the way fo

attack preparation

Insurance is the third most prepared industry for a cyber attack, according to KMPG’s latest global CEO survey…

NZ losses mount on storm flood claims

Insurance losses from storms in Auckland last month have passed $NZ72 million…

forecast asbestos claims

Mesothelioma claims have exceeded expectations as home renovations cause an extended third wave of asbestos exposure, James Hardie says…

Insurtechs slam insurers slow reactions

The vast majority of insurtechs want to collaborate with the established industry, but they believe incumbents are not doing enough…

Brokers beat direct on coverage says Vero research

New survey data shows small businesses are twice as likely to be fully covered for losses if they buy insurance through a broker rather than buying direct…

Industry records sharp rise in profit

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world General insurers and reinsurers recorded a 42.3% rise in after-tax net profit to $3.7 billion in the year to March, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority data s

Quake models seismic shift may affect loss estimates

An update to Australia’s earthquake hazard model has more than halved both the number and annual rate of damaging events the country’s east is thought to suffer, and may lead to a significant reduction in insurance loss estimates&hel

Old methods still working for cyber crooks

Cyber criminals are still wreaking havoc on computer systems using “traditional” techniques, brokers have been warned…

Australian business resilience dips as cyber concerns grow

Australia has ranked 17th in a global index assessing the resilience of business environments, with cyber exposure and infrastructure quality emerging as concerns…

Funding woes put infrastructure top of councils risk list

Infrastructure has topped an annual ranking of local government risks, while cyber jumps to fourth place after entering the list for the first time last year…

Queensland group aims to reduce marine risk

Whitsundays broker Maria Dwyer has helped form a group to reduce marine risk in the region…

Industry urged to target Millennials Gen Z

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Millennials and Generation Z consumers offer the greatest growth potential for insurers because they will take out more cover as they grow older, research company Ro




 

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