The Bright Light Award

The ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship was born out of a passion for discussing hot topics and generating ideas in general insurance claims. Over a decade later and that passion hasn’t changed but the platform for presenting your ideas or views on claims has evolved to become the Bright Light Award – and it’s easier than ever to enter!

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 Bright Light Award!

The winner of the Bright Light Award will receive:

  • $5,000 cash, and
  • up to $1,500 to spend on coaching and professional development of your choice, and
  • an exclusive opportunity to work with TurksLegal and ANZIIF to showcase their idea across the general insurance industry.

The runner-up of the Award will receive complimentary registration(s) to the AICLA/ANZIIF Claims Convention in Australia including return flights and two nights’ accommodation.

To enter, individuals or teams (of up to 3 people) need to pitch their idea or opinion on a topic that relates to general insurance claims in their choice of either:

  • A short video submission (max 5 minutes), or
  • A written submission of up to 800 words, or
  • A voiceover of images in PowerPoint.

You can approach this in a few ways:

  • Argue a proposition;
  • Put forward an idea or view on a topic;
  • Suggest a change or a new process;
  • Develop or improve an existing idea or process;
  • Identify a way insurers could do better with general insurance claims.

Your idea could be big or small, for something or against it, specific to an area of claims or something that applies to the general insurance claims as a whole.

It might be as simple as a way claims could be resolved better in your area of the industry or it might be as big as the role insurer’s play in the community. It could be the way the industry approaches claims of a certain type that you think could be handled more effectively.

It could be getting rid of a simple step in claims that you don’t think is relevant any more. It doesn’t have to be something that hasn’t been done before (but it could be!).

Your entry must relate to general insurance claims in Australia and you must meet the entry criteria.Submissions should not reference your company or any other specific general insurance company directly. If you are referencing or developing an existing idea or process, your entry MUST identify the source of the idea or process. Ideas relating to something that has already been implemented should expand or improve on that idea.

The Award is open to all Australian residents and applicants must work directly in a capacity connected with general insurance (for the purposes of the entry criteria, the term ‘general insurance’ includes workers compensation), and be based in Australia.

Entry is not open to lawyers, accountants, or medico-legal consultants employed in capacities other than as direct employees of a general insurance company (which includes reinsurance companies or insurance claims management companies). Entry is not open to members of the ANZIIF board or ANZIIF employees.

The judging panel comprised the following industry leaders:

  • Simone Dossetor, COO, Munich Re
  • Kerrie Challenor, Chief People and Operations Officer, NTI Limited
  • Peter Fitzgerald, National Technical Claims Manager, Allianz
  • Chris Rodd, Insurance Law Consultant
  • Michael Parker, Managing Director, Queenscorp (2018 Award winner)
  • Prue Willsford, CEO, ANZIIF
  • Paul Angus, Partner, TurksLegal
  • Anthea Karvounaris, Partner, TurksLegal

Tracey Hind, Claims Manager at Insurance House was the winner of the 2019 Bright Light Award.

Tracey was awarded the prestigious Award for her idea on ‘Ethics and Procurement’. Tracey’s innovative and entertaining video presentation issued a challenge to the insurance industry regarding the environmental impact of claims and provided some ideas for solutions for the industry. Tracey’s ideas included a tiered approach of increasing rates of repair over replacement, increasing insurer’s use of ethically credentialed supply chains and insurers improving their exercise of salvage rights and participation in recycling.

The runner-up prize was awarded to Andrew Walsh, Senior Adjuster & Christopher McAuliffe, Executive Adjuster, at Sedgwick, for their idea on ‘Claim Time’ focusing on providing video format loss adjuster’s reports to insurers.

Click here to read the full announcement.