AIRS is one of the largest religious, education, not-for-profit, aged and community care insurance programs in Australia by diversity of membership and insurable assets. It is a limited by guarantee ACNC registered charity governed by a board who are elected by its membership. The operation is managed by a small team based in Melbourne.
At a Registrars’ conference in 1998 a sub-committee was formed to discuss the feasibility of a group purchase of insurance. In December 1999 the Brisbane, Tasmania, Newcastle and Melbourne Dioceses combined together to arrange their insurance policies and create what was known as the Anglican National Insurance Program (ANIP). This was run as a department of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Over the years, many different dioceses and independent Anglican affiliated schools, age care facilities, retirement villages and welfare agencies have joined to enjoy the benefits of the insurance program.
In 2019, the members of the Anglican National Insurance Program (run by the Melbourne Diocese) agreed to re-brand as the Anglican Insurance and Risk Services (AIRS) and register as an ACNC registered charity from 1 July 2019. The name AIRS was selected to reflect both the service or running the insurance program, but also the importance of risk management support services.
Membership is exclusive to Anglican Diocese and Anglican Affiliated organisations. Under the constitution, all members must be approved by the board and therefore a basic membership application must be completed. Members of Anglicare Australia and Anglican Schools Australia are automatically eligible. Please contact the AIRS office if you have any further questions.