Professional Indemnity Insurance

Regular interaction with people is a guaranteed part of any Arts Therapist’s practice and is a daily occurrence. You may face situations where your clients look to hold you responsible for injuries they deem to have received as a result of your professional services.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI) protects you against liability or allegations of liability for financial injury or damages that have resulted from a negligent act, error, omission, or malpractice that has arisen out of your professional capacity as an Arts Therapist. PI insurance protects Arts Therapists by ensuring that your legal defence is coordinated and paid for if a claim is made against you. Your PI policy also covers the cost of patient compensation or damages.

Your Professional Indemnity Insurance also provides
you with the following additional coverage:

Intellectual Property

We’ve all had that moment; where you think of a brilliant business idea only to find someone has already beaten you to it. What happens if you implement a new idea in your business, only to find out that you have unintentionally copied someone else’s idea? Your ANZACATA Insurance policy protects you against any alleged or actual (and unintentional) infringement of a copyright, trademark, registered design or patent.

Criminal Proceedings Costs

Coverage provides reimbursement to an insured member for defence costs if any criminal proceedings are brought against them in relation to the performance of their professional services rendered in Australia; provided the member is acquitted or found ‘not guilty’ of the criminal charge.

Public Relations Expenses

Reputation can mean the success or failure of a business. As an ANZACATA Member participating in the Insurance Program, you have access to cover for costs involved with engaging a Public Relations Consultant to work with you to maintain your public image where an allegation is made regarding the quality of your professional services which may lead to a claim.

Advance Claim Protection

Coverage is provided for an insured member to engage preliminary legal services and advice prior to an incident being formally accepted as a claim under the policy.

This policy is fully compliant with the ANZACATA regulation and registration requirements and will be subject to regular review by industry experts to ensure continual cover enhancement. This policy also complies with and exceeds all requirements set out by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

To upgrade to $20M Professional Indemnity, Public & Products Liability, contact BMS on 1800 931 071 (AU), 0800 999 267 (NZ) or email

Are you a practice owner?

If you are a practice owner and operate under a legal business entity; you will need to apply for Entity Coverage which will extend your ANZACATA Member Insurance Policy to include cover for Vicarious Liability for your Business.

Vicarious Liability is where you or your business can be held responsible for the actions of an employee, agent or Sub-Contractor.

Example: An Arts Therapist employed by you runs a Group Dance class. A participant in the class claims that inadequate supervision of class participants led to them sustaining a back injury. The patient takes action out against the employee who ran the class, you (the Individual) as the owner of the studio and who provided the treatment, and your Arts Therapy Studio (business entity) for not having adequate processes in place to ensure adequate supervision. Your ANZACATA Insurance Policy responds to your legal costs to defend your liability, and if entity coverage is taken, your ANZACATA policy will also respond to cover the legal defence costs in respect of your business entity.

It is important to note that you ANZACATA policy will not respond to any costs associated with the action against professional employees, they will need to maintain individual Professional Indemnity coverage.

Apply for Coverage

Please complete and return the application form or call BMS today on 1800 931 071 (AU), 0800 999 267 (NZ) to receive a quote to extend your ANZACATA Member Insurance Policy to include your Business Entity:

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