The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry made a number of recommendations regarding the rights and obligations of consumers purchasing insurance policies.
On 4 February 2019, the Government released its response to the Royal Commission, and is taking action on all 76 recommendations.
The Government is today releasing exposure draft legislation for public comment which implements recommendation 4.5 of the Royal Commission.
Recommendation 4.5 implements a duty to take reasonable care not to make a misrepresentation to an insurer for consumer insurance contracts. The changes ensure that obligations for disclosure applied to consumers do not enable insurers to unduly reject the payment of legitimate claims.
This duty will replace the existing duty of disclosure contained in Part IV of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984. The duty of disclosure is important to ensure that insurers are able to appropriately price the risks being underwritten through limiting the risk of fraud and misleading disclosures. However, the current requirements fall short of adequately safeguarding consumers against having their claims declined where they may have inadvertently failed to disclose their past circumstances or because insurers have failed to ask the right questions.
You can submit responses to this consultation up until 28 February 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation. You may make one submission across open consultations. In doing so, please make clear which measures your submission relates to.
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How To Respond
Address written submissions to:
Financial System Division
Parkes ACT 2600
Phone: Luke Spear +61 2 6263 2111