The wait is over! The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) has announced the finalists for its Australian Insurance Industry Awards 2021, comprising a diverse range of insurance professionals and companies across the country.
Now in its 17th year, the ANZIIF Australian Insurance Industry Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and companies showing excellence and exceptional dedication to the Australian insurance industry.
The finalists for the Small Broking Company of the Year include: Austbrokers Coast to Coast, Carollo Horton & Associates, Hunter Broking Group, Trade Risk, and Vie Legal Insurance. Meanwhile, the finalists for the Medium Broking Company of the Year are Guardian Insurance Brokers and Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers.
Meanwhile, the finalists for the Underwriting Agency of the Year, sponsored by the Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC), include Agile Underwriting Services, CHU Underwriting Agencies, Club Marine Insurance, GT Insurance, ProRisk, Sportscover, and Underwriting Agencies of Australia.
ANZIIF will also name its chosen Authorised Representative Network of the Year in the event, with finalists comprising Community Broker Network and Insurance Advisernet.
For insurance tech providers, the finalists for the Insurtech of the Year award, sponsored by Sedgwick, are Codafication, Daisee, Mitti Insurance, and Wilbur. Meanwhile, the finalists for the Insurance Learning Program of the Year are Guild Insurance and Sedgwick.
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During the event, ANZIIF will also give an award to the best small and large general insurance companies in the country – with the finalists for the Small General Insurance Company of the Year, sponsored by JB Hi-Fi Solutions, including Adica Insurance, Guild Insurance, Lawcover Insurance, and RACT Insurance.
Meanwhile, the finalists for the Large General Insurance Company of the Year, sponsored by Steadfast, are Allianz, CGU, Hollard Insurance, QBE Australia Pacific, and Zurich General Insurance (Australia & New Zealand).
Life insurers also have a chance to win an award, with the finalists for the Life Insurance Company of the Year including AIA Australia, MetLife Australia, and TAL.
For law firms with insurance services, the finalists for the Professional Services Firm of the Year include Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers, DLA Piper, Finity, Hall & Wilcox, MinterEllison, and Sedgwick.
For service providers in the industry, ANZIIF announced that the finalists for the Service Provider to the Insurance Industry award are Bay Building Group, BizCover, Claim Central, Construct Services, Duck Creek Technologies, DXC Technology, Gallagher Bassett, IVAA, JB Hi-Fi, Manheim Salvage Solutions, MJM Corporate Risk Services, MVR – Motor Vehicle Replacement, Paynters, and Phenix Jewellery.
ANZIIF will also recognise companies that promote diversity and inclusion, with the finalists for the Excellence in Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award including Allianz Australia, CHU Underwriting Agencies, Hollard Insurance, Marsh, MetLife Australia, and QBE Australia Pacific.
For insurance professionals, ANZIIF will give out the Young Insurance Professional of the Year award, sponsored by Guidewire, to whoever wins from these finalists:
- Renee Betton, CHU Underwriting Agencies;
- Robbie Gibbs, Risk Guidance Insurance;
- Matthew McHutchison, IVAA;
- Linh Nguyen, Sedgwick;
- Jonathan Pack, Chubb Insurance;
- Bianca Parussolo, ProRisk; and
- Jessie Wang, Hollard Insurance.
ANZIIF stated that it will announce the finalists for the Insurance Leader of the Year and ANZIIF Lifetime Achievement Award in the event.
Commenting on the chosen finalists, ANZIIF CEO Prue Willsford said: “Congratulations to this year’s finalists for displaying excellence and incredible professionalism in what was a challenging year. Thanks also to our diverse judging panel that have given their time to assess the submissions and to our great partners and sponsors who continue to support the leading celebration of excellence across our whole industry and help make this year’s event possible.”
In light of the current COVID-19 situation in the country, ANZIIF will not hold the 2021 awards evening as planned, and it will announce the winners via a free-to-view online movie production on October 26, 2021.