The Institute of Accident Assessors was established in 1964 with the objective of promoting and protecting the further interests of the profession by holding members to a strict code of conduct. This has provided valuable and professional services to both the public and the insurance industry.
For the most part, members of the IAA have many years of trade experience, combining their practical trade knowledge with insurance skills. An emphasis on technical development and training has members at the leading edge of their field.
In the past, the IAA only provided professional development events in Sydney. To address this issue, several years ago the Institute offered this opportunity to Melbourne-based assessors who have continued to organise events through a local committee.
Many former members of the IAA have moved to Queensland and the IAA board has received enquiries from these assessors as to the potential of setting up something in Queensland. In response, an initial event for all assessors was held at Advanced Motorcycles and Decals in May, with over 50 assessors attending.
As a follow-up, a second open evening was held at Recar Australia’s Archerfield business, again with a high level of interest from Queensland-based assessors. During the visit to Recar, Bob and Cam Jones and their staff provided the assessors with a tour of the expansive repair facilities, explaining the various repair processes that are required for heavy vehicles.
With this level of interest, a Brisbane-based committee has been set up by the Institute, with the following volunteers taking on the role of organising future educational events: Robert Ralph (AAMC), Brian McFadden (IAG) and Adam Kier (Youi).
Future professional development events will be offered to IAA members only, so any assessor wishing to undertake the program and be recognised accordingly can apply for membership at www.iaa.network.