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August 18, 2011
INSURANCE company Chartis (formerly
known as AIG) is cancelling its cover for
deployments and war-like activity from
August next year.
ADF members who have a policy with the
company should be aware of the changes and
consider making other arrangements.
Existing cover will remain until August
2012, however, the company will not offer new
The affected policies include the 'Services
Security Plan,' 'Injury and Accident Insurance'
and 'Services Accident Insurance'.
There are other companies who offer insur-
ance options for ADF members.
Daniel Mendoza-Jones, of the ADF
Financial Services Consumer Council, said
personnel taking out personal insurance should
be careful to ensure their personal insurance
policies were valid in war zones and in war-like
Policies also usually need to be purchased
before members receive formal notice of
Personal insurance is not compulsory but is
often taken out by ADF members. Some options
include Asteron and Zurich insurance compa-
nies, which provide life insurance polices that
do not contain war exclusions.
AIG/Chartis policyholders should contact
Chartis on 1300 030 886 (or +61 3 9522 4000
from overseas) for information about how the
policy cancellations will affect them.
Defence Health can advise about the Asteron
Term Life policy and Navy Health can advise
about the Zurich Ezicover Term Life policy.
The above information must not be treated as per-
sonal advice. Personnel should consider their specific
needs and think about consulting an insurance com-
pany or a licensed financial adviser of their choice.
Chartis to cancel
JAKARTA-based ADF staff recently
conducted a commemorative service
at the site of the Sea King helicopter
crash on the Indonesian island of
Staff met community leaders and
local school children on July 28,
thanking and reminding them the ADF
would never forget its connection with
the people of Nias.
Sea King helicopter Shark 2
crashed while providing emergency
medical aid to victims of the Sumatran
earthquake in April 2005.
Each year Defence staff from
Jakarta travel to the island off the
north-west coast of Sumatra to con-
duct a service at a memorial con-
structed in honour of those killed in
Australia's Naval Attaché to
Indonesia, CAPT Katja Bizilj, con-
ducted the service and said Nias locals
expressed gratitude to Australia and
the RAN for assistance following the
"The citizens were thinking of
Australia and paying homage to the
people who lost their lives trying to
assist them -- it created a connection
between us," she said.
The memorial, well maintained by
locals, features a memorial stone sur-
rounded by nine Norfolk Pine trees,
one each for the members who lost
Locals who witnessed the crash
risked their own lives to pull LS Shane
Warburton and Air Force CPL Scott
Nicholls from the burning wreck-
age. For their actions the Australian
Crash victims honoured
Government awarded Benar Giawa,
Adiziduhu Harefa, Metani Harefa
and Seti Eli Ndruru bravery medals
CAPT Bizilj said it was important
to acknowledge and vindicate the sac-
rifices made by serving personnel as
a mark of respect to the members and
"Remembering is a way of honour-
ing and acknowledging the value of
what has been paid," she said.
IN HONOUR: Naval
Attaché to Indonesia,
CAPT Katja Bizilj, salutes
at the Sea King crash site
memorial in Nias.
Photo courtesy CAPT Katja Bizilj
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