Under the National Law, optometrists must not practise the profession in which they are registered unless they hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements in relation to their practice.
Requiring registered health practitioners to hold appropriate PII arrangements is an important part of how the National Scheme protects the public by addressing the risk posed by uninsured practitioners.
Professional indemnity insurance arrangements means arrangements that secure for the optometrist's professional practice, insurance against civil liability incurred by, or loss arising from, a claim that is made as a result of a negligent act, error or omission in the conduct of the optometrist.
Registration standards define the requirements that applicants or registrants need to meet to be registered.
These documents assist optometrists in understanding the requirements of the Board’s registration standard and should be read in conjunction with the standard.
The revised Registration standard: Professional indemnity insurance arrangements was developed after a review of the existing standard, which included public consultation. The consultation report provides an overview of the consultation process, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.
The previous version of the registration standard is no longer in effect.
Note: If a practitioner is selected for audit, they will be audited against the registration standard that was in effect during the audit period, or as otherwise specified. For more information on audits refer to the audit page.