The Fund provides no-fault personal accident cover to inner-Budget agencies and other specifically covered entities (see Entities covered by the Fund
) for people who are not covered under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
where that person (or category of persons) has been afforded cover by the Fund prior to the incident giving rise to the claim and they:
This includes nominated agency volunteers, board members, Parliamentarians and students involved in workplace learning. Further information in relation to each of these approved categories is provided below.
See: VolunteersParliamentariansExternal board membersStudents involved in Workplace Learning Other persons who may be covered
Generally, people that are covered by the Fund for personal accident are under direct agency control. The indicative factors evidencing the presence of control are:
- the individual/group being appointed directly by the agency;
- the existence of a high level of agency supervision over the activities of the individual or group; and
- the agency having the power to dismiss the individual or group.
The Fund provides personal accident cover to persons who are acting in the capacity of a volunteer provided the control test referred to above is met.
A risk assessment of volunteer tasks should be undertaken to ensure that the proposed activity is appropriate, and that the volunteer has the ability/capacity to undertake the tasks in a safe manner. Subject to such a risk assessment being conducted, there is no age limit on personal accident cover provided to volunteers.
Note: Personal accident cover does not apply to volunteers deemed to be workers for the purposes of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. Refer to the section on Workers' Compensation - Cover for further information.
The Fund provides personal accident cover to Ministers and Members of the Tasmanian Parliament if they:
- suffer or aggravate an injury which arises out of, and in the course of, their official parliamentary duties; or
- contract a disease for which their official parliamentary duties was the major contributor.
External board members
External board members (ie non agency employees) participating on boards, committees or commissions for whom agency-related entity approval has been given (see Part C of Entities covered by the Fund
) are provided with personal accident cover provided their employer's workers compensation does not provide cover.
Students involved in Workplace LearningGovernment schools and colleges
The Fund provides personal accident cover for students if they are enrolled at a government school or college when participating in:
- school-initiated workplace learning programs, provided that the student is placed with a Department of Education approved business in Tasmania or interstate; or
- Department of Education approved workplace learning activities as part of a vocational education and learning (VEL) program; or
- Department of Education approved Special and Alternative Learning Programs.
Students participating in regular school activities including excursions, school camps, after-hours school sports etc (other than vocational education and training (VET) and Special and Alternative Learning Programs) are not covered in respect of personal accident.TasTAFE
The Fund provides personal accident cover for students if they are enrolled at TasTAFE when participating in work placements approved by that entity.
Students participating in regular school activities including classroom work, workshops etc are not covered in respect of personal accident.
Other persons who may be covered
Where there is no employment relationship between a participating entity and a person but the circumstances are such that the entity wishes to offer the person cover for no-fault personal injury, the Fund may provide personal accident cover. In these circumstances, the entity must discuss the matter with Treasury to determine whether cover will be extended. Direct control will generally be required and may be subject to specific conditions or requirements.
As an example, persons approved for cover for personal accident include:
young offenders subject to community service orders issued pursuant to the Youth Justice Act 1997 and offenders undertaking community work for failure to comply with a drug treatment order issued pursuant to section 27B of the Sentencing Act 1997;
refugees placed with an inner-Budget agency under the State Service Work Placement Program;
young people undertaking work as part of a formal police caution under the Youth Justice Act 1997; and
- residents of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre when undertaking approved off-site activities.[Note: details on the conditions upon which cover is provided in relation to any of these examples should be sought in the first instance from the relevant agency and/or the Fund.]
Personal accident cover is not provided in circumstances where workers' compensation would not apply to an employee in the same circumstances. For further information refer to Workers' Compensation - Cover
In addition, the Fund will not respond in circumstances where a person:
- acts outside the scope of the activities authorised by the agency, or contrary to its instructions; or
- is affected by alcohol or certain other drugs at the time of the incident; or
- is involved in a motor vehicle accident; or
- the personal injury occurs during time off - even if this has been sanctioned by a relevant officer or authorised representative.
Specific categories of persons to whom personal accident is not extended are detailed below.Home educated students
The Fund does not
provide personal accident cover for students registered with the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (THEAC) when participating in VET learning activities.Students from Non-government schools
Students enrolled in non-government schools are not
covered by the Fund and need to be insured by the schools in which they are enrolled.Students from the University of Tasmania
Students from the University of Tasmania are not
covered by the Fund when on work experience with agencies as part of their course. Students from the University should be asked to provide the agency with evidence that they are covered by the University's personal accident insurance policy prior to commencement.>> Extent of cover>> Reporting an Incident and Managing a Claim>> Further Information