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The Short-Term Indemnity Scheme (the Scheme) is a temporary measure to assist OOHC and youth homelessness service providers who have been unable to obtain insurance for physical and sexual abuse (PSA) claims.

The Scheme has been created to ensure essential service delivery continues whilst the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) works with other jurisdictions and non-government stakeholders on a long-term solution to the current lack of availability of commercial insurance for PSA claims.

Under the Scheme, DCJ will provide eligible service providers with a short-term financial indemnity, on a claims-made and notified basis, for PSA claims for incidents that have occurred since 30 June 2017, in connection with delivering contracted OOHC and youth homelessness services on behalf of DCJ.

The indemnity is underwritten by the Treasury Managed Fund (TMF), which is managed by icare on behalf of NSW Treasury. Service providers are required to pay a fee to DCJ to access the Scheme. The scheme was initially established for one year, and has been extended for a further 12 months, until 31 December 2023.

Details of what the Scheme covers and how it operates are outlined in the Program Guidelines.

Enquires about the Scheme can be directed to

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Last updated: 04 Nov 2022