Supervisors: Professor Roger Douglas (La Trobe University) and Dr Michael Eburn (Australian National University)
Rachel is undertaking an analysis of Australian Insurance law and the regulatory system covering property damage caused by fire. Her project will map the problems with the current insurance system, as exemplified by the number of uninsured Australians living in bushfire-affected areas in Victoria on Black Saturday 2009.
She is investigating why many individuals fail to take up insurance and is seeking ways to overcome this problem by addressing the legal impediments to obtaining reasonably priced insurance. She will also propose methods for greater transparency and accountability in the regulation of fiscal relationship between the funding of emergency services and the insurance industry.
Rachel's staff web page at La Trobe University contains links to more of her research outputs.