4. Independent Dispute Resolution
If you are not satisfied with the finding of the Committee, or if we have been unable to resolve your complaint within 45 calendar days, you may be able to lodge a complaint with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). AFCA provides fair and independent financial services complaint resolution that is free to consumers. AFCA can make decisions with which AIG is obliged to comply. Its contact details are:
Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)
GPO Box 3
Melbourne VIC 3001
Telephone: 1800 931 678 (free call)
You should note that use of the AFCA scheme does not preclude you from subsequently exercising any legal rights, which you may have if you are still unhappy with the outcome. Before doing so however, we strongly recommend that you obtain independent legal advice.
If your complaint does not fall within AFCA's rules, we will advise you to seek independent legal advice or give you information about any other external dispute resolution options (if any) that may be available to you.
Please be aware that, effective from 1 November 2018, AFCA replaced the former Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact AFCA on 1800 931 678. If you have a Product Disclosure Statement or other document that refers to FOS, please take into account this change when reviewing the relevant section referring to FOS.