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August 18, 2011
INSURANCE company Chartis (for-
merly known as AIG) is cancelling its
cover for deployments and war-like ac-
tivity from August next year.
ADF members who have a policy
with the company should be aware
of the changes and consider making
Existing cover will remain until
August 2012, however, the company
will not offer new policies.
The affected policies include the
Services Security Plan, Injury and
Accident Insurance and Services
There are other companies who
offer insurance options for ADF mem-
Daniel Mendoza-Jones, of the
ADF Financial Services Consumer
Council (ADFFSCC), said personnel
taking out personal insurance should
be careful to ensure their personal
insurance policies were valid in war
zones and in war-like activity.
Policies also usually need to be
purchased before members receive
formal notice of deployment.
Personal insurance is not compulso-
ry but is often taken out by ADF mem-
bers. Some options include Asteron and
GROUP and individual nominations are being
sought for the inaugural Defence Excellence in
Nominations are open until October 17.
The Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security
and Defence's Agency Security Executive, Stephen
Merchant, announced the awards and called for
nominations from the APS, ADF and Defence
Industry Security Program members.
"There are many unsung heroes -- some in for-
mal security roles, others not -- who are doing out-
standing work in security every day," Mr Merchant
"By recognising their efforts we aim to raise
awareness about key security issues and to embed
a culture that security is a natural part of business
and everyone's responsibility, every day."
There are four award categories, focusing on key
Defence and defence industry audiences -- security
specialists, leaders, teams and individuals.
Mr Merchant said nominations could focus on
responses to security incidents, improvements to
workplace security or demonstrated commitment to
exceptional security practice in everyday work.
"In the leadership category we would also be
looking for someone whose day-to-day leadership
supports a strong security culture in their team."
The awards program is being managed by the
Defence Security Authority and will culminate in an
awards ceremony in Canberra March next year.
Up to three finalists will be identified for each
category and invited to the ceremony, where the
winners will be announced and presented with tro-
More information and entry forms are available at
intranet.defence.gov.au/securityawards or email
Search is on for
stars of security
Zurich insurance companies, which pro-
vide life insurance polices that do not
contain war exclusions.
"A good way to decide whether
extra personal insurance is need-
ed is to look at your entitlements
under the Military Rehabilitation
and Compensation Act 2004 and the
Military Superannuation scheme, and
then work out what dependants would
need, each year, to maintain their cur-
rent lifestyle. If there is a gap, private
insurance could be of assistance," Mr
"Insurance should be considered as
part of your life's financial planning,
and not just at deployment time."
AIG/Chartis policyholders should
contact Chartis on 1300 030 886 (or
from overseas, +61 3 9522 4000) for
information about how the policy can-
cellations will affect them.
Defence Health can advise about
the Asteron Term Life policy and
Navy Health can advise about the
Zurich Ezicover Term Life policy.
The above information must not be
treated as personal advice. Personnel
should consider their specific needs and
think about consulting an insurance
company or a licensed financial adviser
of their choice.
be aware of
some of the
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