Update 9 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - UPDATE 9 MARCH 2020

The Institute is taking the COV-19 risk very seriously and Council is closely monitoring the situation. We are conscious of our duty of care and will continue to act in what we believe is in the best interest of members, the HQ Team and the community.

Updates for:

  • Events
  • Education
  • Members, Volunteers and the HQ Team

EVENTS

The 20/20 All-Actuaries Summit is scheduled for 3-5 June on the Gold Coast.  Many members have already registered, and registration (Early Bird 2) is open.  At this stage, the Summit is still planned to go ahead.  However, as things are evolving daily with Cov-19, we are continually monitoring the situation.

To give members comfort, our cancellation policy is that members can cancel up to 5.00pm Friday 22 May 2020 and still get a full refund.

If the Institute were to cancel the event or, we are required to cancel, we would refund registration fees, but delegates would be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.  Members are advised to book refundable travel and accommodation for both business and personal purposes. 

Other events

If you have any concerns about your participation in Institute events,  you should check for health warnings and guidance here or contact the Institute’s Events Team.   The option of participating by webinar is always available.


EDUCATION

The April exams are approaching and at this stage, all venues are planned to be available.  The situation in each location is under regular monitoring. Our standard policy allows students to withdraw up to 9 March, and we will refund 50% of the fee.  However, in recognition of the current circumstances, with some countries experiencing high levels of confirmed cases of coronavirus, members can seek special consideration if they decide to withdraw.

 

MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND HQ TEAM

Members and HQ Teams should adhere to the guidelines issued by the Australian Government Department of Health and/or the relevant State Government Department of Health.

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ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

TAS

VIC

WA

If you have been to China, Iran or South Korea in the past 14 days or, have reasonable grounds to suspect you have come into contact with an infected person you must isolate yourself for 14 days and watch for symptoms.  Please do not visit the Institute’s office or any venue that is being used by the Institute during the subsequent 14 days.

The latest alerts from the Department of Health on COVID-19, which are updated daily,  are available here.  If you have been to any other country currently under the Government’s high risk category we encourage you to take precautions, particularly if you are showing any symptoms.

If you develop symptoms such as a temperature greater than 38 degrees (without medication), fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible and take precautions to minimise risks to others, including self-isolation if necessary.

International travel

For those volunteers and committee members who undertake International travel for Institute-related purposes you should note that in the current circumstances the Institute does not require you to travel for any Institute purpose. The decision to travel is to be made by you, at your absolute discretion, based on your assessment of the risks.