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Call us on 13 16 42
Fax us on (02) 4925 1900
How to resolve a complaint or dispute
We understand the importance of providing excellent service and helping members get value from their health cover. We also know that your feedback can improve the quality of service. We have a process for dealing with complaints to ensure they are heard, free of charge.
Step 1: Talk to us
The first thing you should do is talk to one of our consultants about your concern. Phone us on 13 16 42 and the consultant may be able to resolve the complaint for you.
Step 2: Contact customer resolutions
If the consultant cannot resolve your complaint, you may request the matter be referred to our Customer Resolutions Team.
The Customer Resolutions Team will aim to acknowledge receipt of your complaint within 2 working days and assign a case manager to conduct an independent review of the matter. Their commitment is to ensure all complaints are dealt with respectfully, sensitively, fairly, promptly, knowledgeably and consistently.
You can contact them by writing to:
Customer Resolutions Team
Reply Paid 62208
Locked Bag 2010
Newcastle NSW 2300
Or you can email them at [email protected].
Your case manager will aim to contact you with a decision within 5 working days of making contact with you over the phone and within 15 working days for all other correspondence.
Step 3: Seek an external review of the decision
We'll make every possible effort to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction. In the event that you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you may wish to contact the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.
Phone: 1300 362 072
For general information about private health insurance, see www.privatehealth.gov.au
nib Life Insurance Customers
If you have a complaint about your insurance or the service we've provided (including our obligations under the Life Insurance Code of Practice or if you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us to let us know your concerns. We will do all we can to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.
Step 1. Contact our team
The first thing you can do is let us know what has occurred. Call our Customer Service Centre on 1800 633 170 or contact us by email. One of our consultants may be able to resolve the issue immediately or within 5 business days.
If not, the next step is talking with our Internal Dispute Resolution team.
Step 2. Contact the Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) team
If our customer service consultant cannot resolve your complaint straight away or within 5 business days, they will escalate your complaint to the IDR team. You may also contact our IDR team directly on:
Phone: 1300 795 877
Email: [email protected]
Post: GPO Box 5380 Sydney NSW 2001
To help us deal with your complaint quickly, please include the following information:
The word 'Complaint' in the heading or subject line
Your name and contact details, including your daytime phone number and email address
Details of your complaint
Copies of any relevant documents
Your desired outcome
We recommend you keep a copy of your complaint and original documents for your records.
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint in writing within 48 hours. Our acknowledgment will include:
Your unique IDR complaints reference number
Date we received your complaint
Contact details for the IDR Specialist allocated to your complaint
Confirmation that you will be provided with an update on the progress of your complaint at least every 20 business days, unless an alternative arrangement has been made with you.
Timeframe in which we'll aim to resolve your complaint. Depending on the type of insurance you have with us, this will be a maximum of 45 or 90 days.
We always aim to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible. If we are unable to resolve your complaint within the maximum period, we will inform you of the reasons for the delay and let you know when we expect to provide a response to your complaint. If you are unhappy with the delay, you can escalate your complaint to an external organisation as outlined in step 3 below.
In our final response to your complaint, we will provide a written explanation of:
our investigation into your complaint
attempts to resolve your complaint,
reasons for our decision
how you can access any documents considered
how you can escalate the complaint to an external organisation (and their contact details) if your complaint has not been resolved to your complete satisfaction (as outlined in step 3).
Step 3. Contact an external organisation
The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) provides fair and independent financial services complaint resolution that is free to consumers. If your complaint has not been resolved to your complete satisfaction, you can lodge a complaint with AFCA:
Time limits may apply to complaints to AFCA. You may wish to consult the AFCA website or contact AFCA directly to find out if there is a time limit on lodging a complaint with AFCA.
Do you need assistance to make a complaint?
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you may like to use the National Relay Service.
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) provides interpreting services to people who do not speak English and to agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients. TIS National can be contacted on 131450.
Can someone else make a complaint on my behalf?
Yes. To protect your privacy, you will need to give us written confirmation that you have authorised another person to assist you with your complaint. You can amend or withdraw this authorisation at any time.