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Life Discussion Group

What is the LDG?

Established in 1999, the Life Discussion Group (LDG) is an affiliated educational forum of the Financial Services Council (FSC). The objective of the group is to promote education by holding regular meetings about issues of particular relevance to its members. We hold a variety of sessions during a year to appeal to the needs of different interest groups in each company. 

Employees of LDG members are welcome to attend all LDG sessions.  If you would like to attend LDG sessions, please ask your employer to become an LDG member. 

What is the role of the LDG Committee?

The LDG committee organises educational forums where guest speakers present on topics that are of interest to the life insurance industry. 

We aim to promote and encourage open and honest discussions on industry issues.

Who is on the LDG Committee?

Chairman Damian Thornley RGA
Treasurer Warren Page AIA
Member Manyee Kwok APRA
  Katherine Ashby BT
  Tom Moyson Swiss Re Life & Health
  Gavin Lai TAL


How can my company become an LDG member?

All companies/associations within the life insurance industry are welcome to become LDG member. 

For further details, please contact Warren Page, LDG Treasurer, on 02 8220 8629.

If my company becomes an LDG member, what are the entitlements?

The company’s annual subscription entitles all employees to attend any LDG forums.

Attendance at the LDG forums is free for these employees (except for the industry refresher course discussed below). 

When & where are the LDG seminars held?

The LDG forums are held on the third Wednesday of every second month between February and November, from 12.00pm to 1.30pm at Level 24, 44 Market Street, Sydney. 

The proposed dates for 2015 are:

  • 18 February
  • 15 April
  • 17 June
  • 19 August
  • 21 October
  • 18 November

The forum commences with a light lunch and networking opportunity from 12.00pm and the presentation starts at 12.30pm, LDG presentations are open to all employees of LDG members.

Annual membership fees are $500 for a large company and $250 for a small to medium size company.

How do I register to attend an LDG event?

If you have not previously registered to receive information from the FSC, you will need to do this first before you will receive invitations from LDG.

Please note: If you are already registered with the FSC, you do not need to complete this step.

  1. Go to www.fsc.org.au
  2. Click ‘Register Now’ in the top right hand corner of the screen


  1. After you have registered, you will receive an interim password to enable you to login via the FSC website.
  2. You can then change your password and update ‘My Communications’ with the relevant communication pieces you would like to receive.

When you update your communications, you will receive invitations to the LDG sessions. Which include a link to register to ensure you don’t miss out.

Please note: Registering for the FSC website is the first step, and does not mean you will be registered for LDG events. When you receive an invitation to an LDG session, click the registration link and this will direct you to a registration page to complete your details. Follow the prompts to register for the event.

Further information on how to register for the FSC can be found by clicking here.

Can I make any suggestions on topics?

The LDG Committee welcomes any suggestions. Please contact any of the LDG Committee Members.

I am new to the Life Industry/ I would like a life industry refresher course. Does the LDG offer any courses?

The LDG Committee organises half-day training seminar from time to time on topics such as Group Life, Retail, Distribution, Underwriting, Claims, Regulatory & Risk and Legal issues. There is an additional cost. 

NOTE: The views expressed in the presentations are views of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Financial Services Council or the Life Discussion Group Committee.

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