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NGO physical and sexual abuse insurance: inter-jurisdictional working group (IJWG)

Update on inter-jurisdictional work to develop a long-term solution to the lack of available physical and sexual assault (PSA) insurance for out-of-home care (OOHC) and youth homelessness service providers in Australia.

Background

Government-funded NGOs providing out-of-home care (OOHC) and youth homelessness services are having difficulty obtaining insurance for physical and sexual abuse (PSA). This issue may also impact NDIS-funded accommodation outside the family home for children and young people.

Service providers have raised serious concerns about exposure to uninsured abuse claims and some have advised they are seriously considering exiting their contract. The exit of providers from the market will have a significant impact on essential service delivery for vulnerable children and young people, and will likely lead to market failure. This is a national issue impacting providers across the country.

The purpose of the IJWG is to identify feasible long-term options for a response to this issue. Its establishment was endorsed by the Community Services Ministers’ meeting (CSM) in August 2021, which is also the reporting body for the IJWG.

The IJWG is aware this issue may also impact some National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded providers of accommodation outside the family home for children and young people, and will consider the needs of these providers in the design of the long-term solution.

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Last updated: 27 Oct 2022