Journal article

Cause to Complain? Consumer Experiences of Internal and External Dispute Resolution in the Context of General Insurance

Evgenia Bourova, Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali

AUSTRALASIAN DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOURNAL | Thomson Reuters | Published : 2020

Abstract

The provision of “fair, timely and effective” mechanisms for the resolution of consumer complaints is “a central part” of the regulatory framework for financial services including general insurance in Australia. Insurers are required to have in place internal dispute resolution (IDR) processes through which policyholders can complain if their insurance claim is subject to delays, or if they are unhappy with its outcome. Insurers must also be members of the recently established Australian Financial Complaints Authority, to which policyholders may escalate complaints that are not resolved through IDR. This article draws upon the findings of a survey of building, home contents and comprehensive..

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