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ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship

2017 ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship is now open

2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship which supports insurance professionals working in Australia’s general insurance industry by providing a significant career development opportunity.

Get writing now for your chance to win an overseas conference package valued up to $8,000 or $5,000 cash!

To enter, applicants must submit a paper (2,500 words max) addressing one of the five topical industry questions in the application form.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 9 October 2017

For the full entry requirements, essay questions and to apply, please download the application form.

Check out TurksLegal’s tips on writing a winning paper and download an A3 poster to put up around the office.


The Scholarship winner can choose between either of the following prizes:

  • An overseas conference package valued up to AU$8,000 including return flights, accommodation, $500 spending money and registration to the Claims Conference and Insurance Services Expo to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from 15-18 April 2018;


  • $5,000 cash and registration to the 2018 AICLA/ANZIIF Claims Convention in Australia including flights and accommodation.

The winner is also invited to sit on the judging panel alongside senior industry leaders for next year's scholarship.

The runner-up will be awarded registration to the 2018 AICLA/ANZIIF Claims Convention in Australia including flights and accommodation.


Entrants must:

  • be a resident in Australia
  • directly work in a capacity connected with general insurance and be based in Australia

Both eligible non-ANZIIF and ANZIIF members are encouraged to apply. Each Scholarship participant will earn six (6) CIP points where eligible.

Entry is not open to members of the ANZIIF board or ANZIIF employees, 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).

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the ANZIIF General Insurance Breakfast in Sydney on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.

2016 Scholarship winner, Jason Courtenay said: “In my role as Claims Manager for an independent brokerage, BCS Broking, one of the difficulties I encounter on a daily basis is balancing and aligning our company's longstanding relationships with underwriters with the need to advocate passionately for our clients' interests in claim situations. In my essay, I focussed on how this balancing process needs to occur at the underwriting stage so that the "actual risk" is being covered, rather than unsubstantiated perceptions.

The Scholarship is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in a topic you may previously have been unfamiliar with. In 2015, I submitted paper on the Duty of Good Faith and throughout the 12 months that followed I was able to draw on the information I had gained from studying the topic in real claims scenarios. I expect I will be saying the same thing in 12 months’ time with respect to my most recent paper.


The judging panel comprises the following industry leaders:

  • Simone Dossetor, General Manager Insurance, Great Lakes Australia
  • James Flaskett, Head of Claims, Australia & New Zealand, Chubb Insurance Company
  • Peter Fitzgerald, National Technical Claims Manager, Allianz
  • Chris Rodd, Insurance Law Consultant
  • Prue Willsford, CEO, ANZIIF
  • Jason Courtenay, Claims Manager, BCS Broking (2016 Scholarship winner)
  • Paul Angus, Partner, TurksLegal
  • Peter Riddell, Partner, TurksLegal


The 2016 ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship was awarded to Jason Courtenay, Claims Manager at Bellrock Construction Surety for his outstanding essay on the topic of the insurer's right to choose the risk it wishes to accept.

Click here to read Jason’s paper which was published in the ANZIIF Journal earlier this year.

The runner-up prize was awarded to Shane Cornford, Claims Officer at SLE Underwriting Corporation, for his essay on whether it’s time to review the scope and power of the FOS.


Since 2007, TurksLegal and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) have partnered to deliver the ANZIIF TurksLegal Claims Scholarship, an opportunity for people in the insurance claims industry to exchange ideas related to life claims, underwriting, and product development. Each year this Scholarship attracts a wide range of useful, high quality papers which we believe further the aims of the advancing knowledge, discussion and professionalism in the industry.