2022 Australasian Actuarial Education and Research Symposium



The Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University is pleased to host the 2022 Australasian Actuarial Education and Research Symposium (AAERS) on 24-25th November 2022.  The symposium will be held in-person at the university Acton campus in a COVID-safe environment.

The AAERS is an annual international actuarial conference that brings together researchers, educators, industry practitioners and research students from around the world to share their research and discuss actuarial education.

This year’s AAERS will feature prominent invited speakers and contributed presentations in all areas of actuarial research and education – please refer to the Abstract Submission for further information.

There are no submission or registration fees for the symposium.

For further information, please contact the organising committee at aaers2022.rsfas@anu.edu.au


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Plenary speakers

Bridget Browne

Bridget is a Partner at Ernst & Young and Senior Lecturer at ANU providing actuarial consulting advice to the government sector in health and human services and risk quantification. Bridget has over 30 years’ experience and is a Certified Enterprise Risk Actuary and a Fellow of both the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, UK.

She has a wealth of previous experience in financial services having practised in the life insurance and reinsurance sectors in Australia internationally.  Bridget has been a member of the Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Her current focus areas include supporting the government in aged care, disability, veterans affairs and public and private health arrangements, particularly through better use of public data assets.


Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson joined the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as Scheme Actuary in 2013. Prior to joining the Agency, she was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sarah has worked within the disability sector and broader health and human services sector for over 15 years. She assisted the Disability Investment Group in costing an National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Way Forward report, and worked with the Productivity Commission on the Disability Care and Support Inquiry. She has also undertaken a lot of actuarial work in accident compensation, housing, child protection, health and aged care.

In 2016, Sarah was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute in recognition for her significant contributions to the success of the NDIS and the introduction of actuarial techniques into new areas of social policy.

Sarah became Acting Deputy CEO Design, Digital & Strategy in January 2022.


Mogens Steffensen

Mogens Steffensen is a professor of life insurance mathematics at the University of Copenhagen; a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of PFA Pension, the largest Danish commercial pension fund; and a member of the Solvency and Accounting Committee under the Danish Actuarial Association.

He has contributed to the development of market-based valuation methods in insurance. His research also covers various decision making problems in insurance and finance, and he is recently mainly interested in integrating insurance and pension decisions into classical consumption-investment problems. He participates actively in industrial discussions about accounting, solvency, risk management, and product design, and he has taken part in several research projects together with partners in the Danish pension industry.


Guy Thorburn

Guy is the Australian Government Actuary (AGA), the Reviewing Actuary to the NDIS, the Reviewing Actuary to the newly established Cyclone Reinsurance Pool, and is a Board member of the Tuition Protection Schemes for international and domestic students. He is also a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Demographic Statistics Expert Advisory Group.

The AGA provides independent actuarial and policy advice across a wide range of matters to the Australian Government, its departments and agencies.  Subject areas include superannuation, retirement incomes, military compensation, insurance, reinsurance, education funding (income contingent loans) and social security. The AGA also publishes the Australian Life Tables every five years.

Guy’s appointment to the role of the Australian Government Actuary followed a career in the private sector, which included working in insurance, superannuation, retirement incomes and energy sectors. He has been an appointed actuary under the Life Insurance Act.




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The symposium is scheduled to be held during a Federal parliamentary sitting week and due to the impact of this on accommodation availability in Canberra, registrants are recommended to book accommodation as early as possible.

We have a special arrangement with QT hotel for AAERS guests. Please use the following information to make your booking with QT hotel. Please note that the special rates and the number of rooms held are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Hotel Name: QT Canberra
Hotel Address: 1 London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601
Room Type: QT King
Check-in Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Check-out Date: Friday 25th November 2022
To access your special rates please visit https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/canberra
(1) On the top-left, click on "BOOK". 
(2) Select the check-in and check-out dates (as specified above), then select the number of guests/room. 
(3) Under the "I have a code" option enter the block code "AAERS22" in the “Block Code" field (discounted rates will appear on the rates screen).

Alternatively, you can call the Reservations Team to book over the phone quoting the block code AAERS22.
Reservations operate Monday – Friday from 9 am till 5 pm
Phone: +61 2 6867 1205
Email: reservations_qtcanberra@evt.com

COVID requirements

The symposium will be run according to COVID policies of the Australian National University. Registrants will be required to comply with the risk management policies of the symposium. Updated information will be provided here, and to registrants, as and when relevant.

Organising Committee
  • Dr Aaron Bruhn
  • Associate Professor Adam Butt
  • Associate Professor Tim Higgins
  • Lucy Hu
  • Dr Gaurav Khemka
  • William Lim
  • Jacie Liu
  • Abhinav Metha
  • Dr Jananie William

Abstract submission

We welcome contributed presentations in all areas of actuarial research and education. All presentations are planned to be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussions, although this is subject to change. 

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Sunday 21 August 2022. Abstracts should be 150-300 words. Please complete all fields below to submit your abstract.

Authors will be notified whether their proposed presentations have been accepted to the conference by Friday 9 September 2022. Papers and presentations will be due for submission on Friday 11 November. Note all accepted authors will need to register for the conference to be included in the program.

Between 150-300 words
Author Names and Affiliations
(example: William Lim, Australian National University)
Please include the full names of and institutional affiliations of all authors.