Types of insurance

It is theoretically possible to obtain insurance for almost any event or occurrence if there is an insurer willing to provide cover and the incorporated association is prepared to pay the premium.  It can become confusing when considering all the different types of insurance products available and the assistance of a qualified adviser is advisable. 

The following sets out some of the common types of insurance that may be relevant to incorporated associations.

  • Professional indemnity - to cover claims in respect of a breach of duty in the course of carrying out the organisation's usual activity or functions.
  • Portable/ valuable items - to cover loss of specified items.
  • Goods in transit - to cover loss of or damage to goods during transit.
  • Theft - to cover theft of contents, cash and stock.
  • Fire and defined events - to cover loss or damage to property at premises caused by a defined insured event; e.g. fire, explosion, earthquake.
  • Glass and signs - to cover damage to glass or signs, e.g. fractures and breakages.
  • Events insurance - to cover an event, such as a fête, against loss (e.g. cancellation due to bad weather).
  • Workers' compensation - to cover injury to employees for accidents associated with work.
  • Public liability insurance - to cover claims brought by third parties for general legal liability; e.g. negligence
  • Personal and property insurance - to cover injury or damage caused to people or property
  • Directors’ and officers’ liability- to cover directors and officers against legal liability which may arise out of their role.
  • Volunteer insurance - to cover volunteers for personal injury and public liability while carrying out work.
  • Building insurance - to cover the owner of the physical premises against events such as fire, storm and vandalism.
  • Legal expenses - to cover the cost of defending legal rights in relation to disputes.
  • Fidelity guarantee - to cover against misappropriation of funds by employees or committee members.
  • Commercial vehicles - to cover commercial vehicles for theft, fire, accident.

Compulsory insurance

Some insurance cover is compulsory under applicable laws and an incorporated association should consult a qualified adviser (such as an insurance broker or lawyer) to determine its compulsory insurance obligations.

For example, it is compulsory for an incorporated association that employs staff to have workers' compensation insurance.

In addition, in some cases, a financial institution providing financial assistance to an incorporated association will insist that the association has certain minimum levels of insurance cover, such as public liability cover and professional indemnity cover.

Public liability insurance

Public liability insurance generally covers claims brought by third parties against an incorporated association in respect of personal injury or property damage that may arise out of the activities of the association.  This is particularly important for associations that interact with the public (eg at premises open to the public or at public events, such as sporting activities).