Optometry Board of Australia - Professional indemnity insurance
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Professional indemnity insurance

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 standard

Registration standards define the requirements that applicants or registrants need to meet to be registered.

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Registration standard: Professional indemnity insurance arrangements PDF 
Word version 
1 July 2016

Further information

These documents assist optometrists in understanding the requirements of the Board’s registration standard and should be read in conjunction with the standard.

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Fact sheet: Professional indemnity insurance arrangements PDF 
Word version 
6 January 2016

Consultation process for the professional indemnity insurance arrangement 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.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Consultation report: Professional indemnity insurance PDF 
Word version 
30 October 2015

Retired version

The previous version of the registration standard is no longer in effect.

Document name PDF Date of effect
Retired version: Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard PDF 
1 July 2010 to 30 June 2016

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.

Page reviewed 10/08/2017