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Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation

ARPC protects Australian communities with sustainable and effective reinsurance for terrorism and cyclone events.

Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC) is a public financial corporation established under the Terrorism and Cyclone Insurance Act 2003 (TCI Act). ARPC is also subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

ARPC operates a terrorism reinsurance pool that provides insurance cover for eligible terrorism losses and operates a cyclone reinsurance pool that provides insurance cover for cyclone and cyclone related flood damage to houses, small businesses, and strata.  

The Terrorism Reinsurance Pool (terrorism pool) commenced operations on 1 July 2003, and the Cyclone Reinsurance Pool commenced operations on 1 July 2022.  

The administration of both pools reflects our statutory functions as described in ARPC’s enabling legislation. Our longer-term vision is to support insurers to deliver affordable terrorism and cyclone insurance in Australia. 

In addition, we work closely with the reinsurance and insurance industries as well as Government agencies and other stakeholders to deliver our statutory functions.

Background

ARPC was established in 2003 by the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003, to provide reinsurance cover for eligible terrorism losses, involving commercial property, associated business interruption losses and public liability.

The Australian Parliament passed this legislation following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States after which terrorism cover was excluded from commercial and industrial property policies around the world and in Australia. 

On 30 March 2022, the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003 was amended by the passing of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cyclone and Flood Damage Reinsurance Pool) Bill 2022. The Bill received Royal Assent and became new legislation on 31 March 2022.  As a result of this legislation, the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003 became the TCI Act 2003, establishing a framework for a cyclone and cyclone-related flood damage reinsurance pool to be administered by ARPC. The Insurance Act 1973 was also amended to create a civil penalty for insurers who do not reinsure eligible cyclone risks with ARPC.

Board governance

As best practice in corporate governance, we recognise the importance of clearly articulating the roles and responsibilities of the Board.

The Board has delegated the day-to-day operations of ARPC to the Chief Executive, with the exception of responsibilities that have been retained by the Board. ARPC’s delegation policy details the responsibilities delegated to the CEO, Senior Executive team, and other roles in the organisation.

Reports and publications

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Our Board
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Leadership

Our Board:

ARPC’s Accountable Authority consists of a Chair and six to eight part-time Members, who are appointed by the responsible Minister. ARPC has two Board Observers appointed by the responsible Minister. 

View the current members of the Board and a snapshot of their experience:

Mr Ian Carson AM, Chair

Ian Carson was reappointed Chair of the Board on 23 April 2020.

Ian is currently Executive Chair at Tanarra Restructuring Partners. Previously Ian was Chairman of Markets at PwC and prior to this was Chair of PPB Advisory, a professional advisory firm, of which he was a founding partner. Ian is co-founder of SecondBite, an organisation that rescues nutritious food destined for landfill. Ian is President of The Victorian Arts Centre Trust and Trustee of The Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 2017, Ian received an Order of Australia for his work in food rescue and business. In 2018, together with his wife Simone, he was appointed ‘Melbournian of the Year’.

Ms Elaine Collins, Member

Elaine Collins was appointed a Member of the Board on 1 July 2015 and reappointed for two further three year terms.  She is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. 

Elaine is a non-executive director, actuary and professor, with a career spanning more than 25 years in the insurance industry. Her experience includes carrying out Appointed Actuary roles for more than ten years, as a Director of KPMG, then as a Partner of Deloitte.  Elaine has key expertise in strategic risk management, policy formulation and capital efficiency.

She is a non-executive director on the board of four companies:  Zurich Insurance Australia Ltd (Chair of Risk, Compliance and Audit Committee), ANZLMI (Chair of Audit Committee), RACT Insurance Pty Ltd (Chair of Risk Committee) and Ivory Insurance Pty Limited.

Elaine also holds an academic role as a Professor of Practice with the Business School at the University of New South Wales. She is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a former member of the Actuaries Institute’s Professional Standards Committee.

Ms Robin Low, Member

Robin Low was appointed a Member of the Board on 5 October 2016 and reappointed on 23 April 2020 for a further three-year term.  She became chair of the ARC Committee on 1 July 2021. Robin is a Non-executive Director on the boards of four ASX listed companies: Appen Limited, AUB Group Limited, IPH Limited and Marley Spoon AG. She is also on the boards of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the Sax Institute. Previously she was a partner at PwC where she specialised in audit and risk. She is a past deputy chair of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Ms Maria Fernandez, Member
Ms Maria Fernandez, Member
Maria Fernandez has a distinguished career in the public sector and since 2019 has run her own company providing strategy advice and independent assurance services. From 2015 to 2019, she was a Deputy Secretary with the Department of Home Affairs. Prior to that, Maria was the first female head of an Australian intelligence agency as the Director and CEO of the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation. Maria’s experience also includes being Chief of Staff to the federal Ministers for Defence and Education and Deputy Director of the Australian Signals Directorate. Maria was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in advancing Australia’s interests. Maria is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Mr David Foster
Mr David Foster, Member
David Foster is a Brisbane-based Non-executive Director with a diverse portfolio of directorships and advisory roles. David’s last senior executive role was CEO of Suncorp Bank where he served for five and a half years. He served as Group Executive, Strategy during the acquisition of Promina – one of Australia’s largest financial services transactions. Before Suncorp, David worked at Westpac for 14 years in several senior roles in Sydney and Queensland.  He is currently a Non-executive Director at Youi Insurance, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Chairman of Motorcycle Holdings Ltd and G8 Education Ltd. Previously David was a Director of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited.  David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Cross University. He is a GAICD, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and has attended courses at Wharton, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Melbourne Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).
Ms Julie-Anne Schafer
Ms Julie-Anne Schafer. Member
Julie-Anne Schafer was appointed to the Board as a part-time Member for a three-year term, commencing 14 September 2021. Julie-Anne is a Brisbane-based director and qualified lawyer with experience in diverse and regulated sectors including insurance, financial services, energy, water, transport, health, and member services. She is currently a Non-executive Director at Urban Utilities, C S Energy, Icon Water and ActewAGL. She is a Non-executive Member of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. She is a part-time President of the National Competition Council. Her career includes experience in retail consumer insurance and cyclone risk through her past roles as President of Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ), Chair of RACQ Insurance and as a Non-executive Director of the Territory Insurance Office. Julie-Anne holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from UQ and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), and she also facilitates in Governance, Risk and Strategy for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Mr Jan van der Schalk, Member
Jan van der Schalk was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2022. Jan extensive experience in reinsurance and investment management. He was an environmental and social governance (ESG) investment specialist and has worked as a fund manager for Ausbil and Hong Kong-based investment group CLSA in equities analyst roles. Earlier in his career, Jan was part of a team which founded and built property catastrophe specialist, ACE Tempest Reinsurance where he was Chief Underwriting Officer (International). He also served as CEO of Asset Management and Reinsurance at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) for seven years. As an entrepreneur, Jan also founded Just-Ezi, an internet-based car insurance comparison site.
Helen Rowell, Board Observer
Helen Rowell was appointed as Deputy Chair of APRA in November 2015 and reappointed for a further five-year term from 1 July 2018. Mrs Rowell joined APRA in 2002 as General Manager, Industry Technical Services and held a number of senior roles, including in supervision, policy development and supervisory support, prior to her appointment as APRA Member, with primary responsibility for superannuation, from 1 July 2013. Helen assumed primary responsibility for insurance from 1 July 2021, and in April 2022 added the cross-industry portfolio to her responsibility. Mrs Rowell is currently Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators’ (CFR) Climate Working Group, the APRA representative on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Party on Private Pensions, and President of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors.  Helen also represents APRA on the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) Executive Committee and has been appointed as the IAIS Diversity, Equality & Inclusion champion.  Mrs Rowell has previously represented APRA on various IAIS sub-committees, the Financial Security Board’s Supervisory Intensity and Effectiveness Group and as co-Chair of the Joint Forum Financial Conglomerates Committee. Prior to joining APRA, Mrs Rowell was a partner at the international consulting firm Towers Perrin; she is also a Fellow and past President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Guy Thorburn, Board Observer
Guy is the Australian Government Actuary (AGA). The Australian Government Actuary (AGA) provides independent advice to a wide range of government departments and agencies throughout the Australian public sector.  Guy is also the Reviewing Actuary to both the NDIS and the ARPC and is a Board member of the Tuition Protection Schemes for international and domestic students. In 2022 he became a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Demographic Statistics Expert Advisory Group. Guy’s appointment to the role of the Australian Government Actuary followed a 30-year career in insurance, superannuation, retirement incomes. He has been an Appointed Actuary under the Life Insurance Act for over ten years. Prior to his appointment as the AGA, Guy served in senior roles as a Partner of Mercer and as a Director.

Our Leadership Team:

ARPC’s Senior Executive team is led by the Chief Executive, who is appointed by the Accountable Authority under the provisions of the TCI Act 2003. The Senior Executive team consists of skilled and experienced leaders with extensive reinsurance, insurance and public sector experience a well as strategic, operational, people, financial, risk and governance experience.

Dr Christopher Wallace
Dr Christopher Wallace

Chris Wallace is an insurance executive with experience in general insurance, workers compensation, health insurance, medical indemnity, and reinsurance. He has worked extensively in insurance leadership roles within insurers and as a consultant to the insurance industry.

Chris has leadership experience in most aspects of the insurance sector including small, specialised insurers and large insurers.

Chris is also a non-executive director and Chair of MIPS Insurance Pty Ltd, a medical indemnity insurer. Through his role with ARPC, Chris is also a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board for the Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophe Risks.

Previous professional roles include being General Manager Workers Compensation at GIO, Executive Director at Ernst & Young, and General Manager Benefits Management at HCF.

ARPC is a member of the International Forum for Terrorism Risk (Re) Insurance Pools, where Chris is also President.

Chris has a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, specialising in general insurance pricing and strategy. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, a Certified Insurance Professional, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jason Flanagan
Jason Flanagan
Jason Flanagan commenced in the CCCO role with ARPC on 7 February 2022. He has substantial experience across General Insurance Claims, Transformation and Customer functional areas within the insurance and the financial services industry. His previous roles include Head of General Insurance Claims and Head of Customer Care and Regulatory Change at Westpac and an earlier stint with BT Financial Group as Head of Contact Centres and Head of Customer Relations. His role at ARPC includes ARPC’s Terrorism Reinsurance Pool as well as the Cyclone Reinsurance Pool, covering cyclones and related flood damage. Jason has direct experience with natural disaster insurance claims management in Northern Australia, gained through his role as Head of General Insurance Claims with Westpac. He was also on the ground during the Townsville floods in 2019, where he gained firsthand experience about how such events impact local communities and the important role that general insurance plays in the community.
Samantha Lawrence
Samantha Lawrence
Samantha Lawrence has more than 15 years’ experience in governance and Board secretary roles in the public sector, financial services and insurance industries. Prior to joining ARPC, Samantha was Chief of Staff at Insurance and Care NSW (icare). She was Executive Sponsor for diversity and inclusion and previously held the position of GM, Inclusion and Diversity. She was the Company Secretary at icare from inception until 2017.  Samantha has Board secretary experience with a range of other related NSW Government organisations including the former WorkCover NSW’s Workers Compensation Insurance Fund (WCIF) and Safety, Return to Work and Support (SRWS).  Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Archaeology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. She has undertaken the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course. 
Michael Pennell PSM
Michael Pennell PSM
Michael Pennell has almost 30 years industry experience, having held reinsurance management roles with Swiss Re and General Re prior to his role at ARPC. He started his early career as a civil engineer. Michael assists insurers and brokers to understand the pool and is responsible for negotiating and implementing ARPC’s annual retrocession program. Michael also leads various projects that enable ARPC to develop and enhance its catastrophe modelling capabilities. Michael is the Chair of the Reinsurance Faculty Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and teaches reinsurance at the Institute’s annual Reinsurance Study Course Seminar. Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, has completed the Advanced Management Program at University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), is a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional with ANZIIF, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael was awarded the Public Service Medal as part of the Australia Day 2017 Honours List for outstanding public service in the development of the terrorism insurance pool. 
Scott Underrheiner
Scott joined ARPC in November 2022. Having spent over 10 years at Gen Re in various roles, including Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Risk Officer for Asia Pacific spanning both Property and Casualty, and Life reinsurance; Scott has a strong understanding of the Australian and international reinsurance sector and brings strong financial and actuarial leadership to ARPC. Previous roles in Scott’s early career spanned chartered accountancy, financial control and capital management in professional services and financial services firms in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
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Insurer customer logins to ARPC

Terrorism Insurer Portal (RISe)

RISe is ARPC’s Terrorism Reinsurance Pool (terrorism pool) insurer customer portal, which allows insurer customers to lodge their company information in a secure and user-friendly environment.

Cyclone Insurer Portal (PACE)

PACE is ARPC’s Cyclone Reinsurance Pool (cyclone pool) insurer customer portal, which allows cyclone pool insurer customers to lodge their company information in a secure and user-friendly environment.