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1 Whistleblower Policy nib holdings limited ABN and all related entities within the nib Group ( the nib Group ) or ( nib ) Dated 18 November 2014

2 Whistleblower Policy Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Who does this Policy apply to? 1 3 Matters that should be reported 1 4 What happens to you as a Whistleblower 2 5 Resources Whistleblower Protection Officer ( WPO ) Whistleblower Investigations Officer ( WIO ) 2 6 Making a report 3 7 Reports concerning the MD/CEO or Whistleblower Protection Officer 3 8 Investigating a report 4 9 Whistleblower Feedback 4 10 Review of the policy 4 18 November 2014 Whistleblower Policy

3 1 Introduction At nib we are guided by our values of choice, simplicity, value, innovation, excellence and people. These values are the foundation of how we behave and interact with each other, our customers, suppliers, shareholders, and other stakeholders. When viewed together, our values are intended reflect the priorities of the business and provide guidance in decision making. nib s Code of Conduct and other policies have been developed to align with our values to ensure that we observe the highest standards of fair dealing, honesty and integrity in our business activities. Our Whistleblower Policy (the Policy ) has been put in place to ensure employees can raise concerns regarding any illegal conduct or serious wrongdoing without being subject to victimisation, harassment or discriminatory treatment. 2 Who does this Policy apply to? Our Whistleblower Policy applies to Directors, officers, the Senior Executive and all other employees of all entities within the nib Group in Australia and New Zealand ( employees ) This Policy aims to: encourage employees to report an issue if they genuinely believe there has been an incident, or someone has undertaken improper conduct or serious wrongdoing; outline how nib will properly deal with all reported improper conduct or serious wrongdoing. 3 Matters that should be reported All employees are encouraged to report any genuine matter or behaviour that they honestly believe breaches nib s policies or the law. Under this Policy, reportable matters of improper conduct or serious wrongdoing may include: dishonest behaviour; fraudulent activity; unlawful, corrupt or irregular use of company funds or practices; an act, omission or course of conduct that constitutes an offence or any illegal activities; 18 November 2014 Whistleblower Policy 1

4 an act, omission or course of conduct that is a serious risk to the maintenance of law, including the prevention, investigation and detection of offences and the right to a fair trial; unethical behaviour (this may represent a breach of the Code of Conduct or be considered generally unethical behaviour); an act, omission or course of conduct that is oppressive, improperly discriminatory or grossly negligent; other serious improper conduct; an unsafe work-practice; an act, omission or course of conduct that constitutes a serious risk to public health, public safety or the environment; or any other conduct which may cause financial or non-financial loss to nib or be otherwise detrimental to the interests of nib. 4 What happens to you as a Whistleblower Any employee making a report in accordance with this Policy (a Whistleblower ) will not be discriminated against or disadvantaged in their employment with nib. All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that the Whistleblower will not be subject to any form of victimisation, discrimination, harassment, demotion, dismissal or any current and future bias. However, this Policy will not protect the Whistleblower employee from the consequences if they are also involved or connected to the improper conduct or illegal activities that are being reported. To protect our employees, a Whistleblower can choose to make a report anonymously. This will be respected by nib. However, if authorities take further legal action on the reported matter, it may become necessary for a Whistleblower to identify themselves. In these instances, nib will continue to ensure that the Whistleblower is protected from reprisal. Whistleblowing is not about settling a grievance, but reporting incidences of real or perceived improper conduct. A report may damage the career prospects and reputation of people who are the subject of the allegations. Therefore, it is very important that those who makes a report under this Policy do so in good faith with reasonable grounds for believing the information is correct or likely to be correct. nib takes very seriously all claims made by Whistleblowers and it looks particularly unfavorably on any false reports or claims. Disciplinary action may be taken against a Whistleblower making a false report. 5 Resources The Board of nib holdings limited, through the Risk & Reputation Committee, governs and is responsible for the ultimate decision-making power regarding Whistleblower reports and investigations. 18 November 2014 Whistleblower Policy 2

5 5.1 Whistleblower Protection Officer ( WPO ) nib s Whistleblower Protection Officer safeguards the interests of Whistleblowers and ensures the integrity of the whistleblowing mechanism at nib. Whistleblower reports should be directed to the WPO who will review and direct those that require further investigation to the Whistleblower Investigations Officer. The WPO reports directly to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer ( MD/CEO ) and Risk & Reputation Committee. The WPO also has access to independent advisers as and when required. The current WPO is the Group Chief Financial Officer. 5.2 Whistleblower Investigations Officer ( WIO ) nib has also appointed a Whistleblower Investigations Officer who will investigate all reports to determine if there is evidence to support or refute the claims. The current WIO is the Group General Counsel. The WIO has a direct reporting line to the MD/CEO and the Risk & Reputation Committee. The WPO and WIO act independently of each other and the responsibilities of these roles do not reside with one person. 6 Making a report A Whistleblower can make a report by: or By calling the Whistleblower Hotline in Australia; or By calling the Whistleblower Hotline in New Zealand. All information provided by a Whistleblower is treated as confidential. It is maintained securely and only provided to those parties mentioned in this Policy, unless required by law or where the consent of the Whistleblower to provide the information to other parties has been obtained. 7 Reports concerning the MD/CEO or Whistleblower Protection Officer Any concerns about the MD/CEO or the WPO should be directed to the Chair of the Risk & Reputation Committee, Dr Annette Carruthers. She can be contacted on (Australia) or by at 18 November 2014 Whistleblower Policy 3

6 8 Investigating a report While the WIO will investigate the majority of instances raised by Whistleblowers, there may be occasions where external advisers are also used to conduct investigations. They will continue to be thorough and conducted in a fair and independent manner in accordance with best practice. The investigator will review all claims made, in conjunction with any evidence provided by the Whistleblower. It may be necessary to conduct interviews with employees, which will be undertaken confidentially, without the employees being made aware of the substance of the claims. At the end of the investigation, a report will be completed and broadly outline the following; Claims made the Whistleblower; Information and evidence collected during the investigation that either supports or refutes the claims; Conclusions reached and the reasoning behind each conclusion; and Recommendations as to any action to be taken. The investigation report will be provided to the WPO, MD/CEO and the Risk & Reputation Committee. Where the report is about the MD/CEO or the WPO, it will be provided directly to the Risk & Reputation Committee. 9 Whistleblower Feedback The Whistleblower will be kept informed of the progress and outcomes of the investigation being undertaken, subject to the privacy of the person against whom the report is being made. 10 Review of the policy This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure it remains consistent with AS and all relevant legislative requirements, as well as the changing nature of the organisation. Owned By: Authorised By: Group Company Secretary Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Last Updated: 18 November 2014 Next Review: November November 2014 Whistleblower Policy 4

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