Webinar: Nationalisation: Is it time to consider a radical solution to the liability crisis in Ireland? Lessons from down under

Event Type
Web Session

Start time: 6.30 pm

End time: 8.00 pm


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Before COVID-19 upended our lives, the liability insurance crisis in Ireland was the subject of a lot of concerns

  • Insurance for many businesses being increasingly unaffordable – childcare, leisure, cafes etc.
  • Motor premiums being extremely high
  • Insurers withdrawing from the market.

With an imminent vaccine, there’s light at the end of the tunnel that we can return to a more normal life. However, just as we had to rethink many things when struck by the pandemic, should we rethink our approach to insurance? In particular, should we think outside the box and look for possible solutions elsewhere? To the other side of the globe: New Zealand and Australia?

Both New Zealand and Australia take a more nationalised approach to accident compensation. New Zealand operates a single state scheme to cover compensation for all accidents in New Zealand, run by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Everyone is covered, regardless of fault.

Australia’s states have a variety of approaches to motor bodily injury and workers’ compensation, but all have oversight to different degrees by the states.

In this presentation we will look at accident compensation down under and give an overview of how it works. At the end we’ll circle back to Ireland and consider some possible ramifications of a system like that here.

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Ross Simmonds and Gráinne McGuire
Biographical details

Ross is a Director with Taylor Fry, an analytics and actuarial consultancy based in Australia and New Zealand, with more than 20 years experience. Ross leads the external actuarial liabilities valuation of the ACC. In this position he is responsible for the annual calculation of ACC’s insurance liabilities, which are currently ~$60b. Ross assists general insurance clients across the full spectrum of actuarial work including pricing, reserving, strategic direction and providing analytical insights. Ross is currently the President of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries.

Gráinne is a Director with Taylor Fry with over 18 years experience. She has done work for many of the accident compensation schemes in Australia and for ACC in New Zealand, where she led the technical development of a dynamic financial analysis tool to integrate valuation, pricing and financial projections across ACC’s business. Gráinne also works in the government and social sector areas, with a focus on using data to drive evidence-based decisions. She is a member of the SAI’s Data Analytics Committee.

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