About the Committee
The Life CCC is an independent body established to monitor subscribers compliance with the Life Insurance Code of Practice (the Code). Our purpose is to ensure consistent and high-quality service standards are maintained for the benefit of consumers. This also works towards increasing trust and confidence in the life insurance industry.
What we do
The Committee undertakes a wide range of activities to effectively administer and enforce the Code:
- Investigate Code breaches
- Engage with stakeholders
- Highlight good and bad practices
- Share experiences and information
- Identify emerging risks and issues
- Guide compliance improvements
The Committee monitors subscribers’ compliance with the Code in several ways:
- Collecting self-reported breach data from subscribers
- Investigating referrals received from consumers about possible Code breaches
- Undertaking proactive and targeted investigations in specific areas
Our current priorities
In 2019-20 the Committee will continue to focus on our core functions and responsibilities, as outlined in our Charter:
- Governance and operational activities
- Monitoring and enforcing subscribers’ compliance with the Code
- Conducting compliance investigations of alleged Code breaches
- Providing industry guidance on Code compliance
- Meeting reporting obligations, including publishing our Annual Report and Annual Industry Data Report
- Engaging with stakeholders, including subscribers, regulators, government, consumer groups and the Financial Services Council (FSC)
Powers of the Committee
The Committee has the authority to impose sanctions on insurers who breach the Code and fail to take corrective action. We conduct robust monitoring so consumers know that subscribers will be held to account for breaches. You can read about recent sanctions here.
Support for the Committee
The Committee is supported by the Code Compliance and Monitoring Team (Code Team) which operates as a separately funded business unit of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (ACFA). The Code Team helps by engaging with subscribers and stakeholders, conducting monitoring activities, investigating alleged breaches, and providing administrative support.
Members of the Committee
The Committee publishes annual reports that detail the previous year’s activities, outcomes of compliance monitoring, and the focus of future operations. You can read the latest Annual Report here.