The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (the Award) requires Award Centres to have insurance cover for all Participants and volunteers. This includes both personal accident and public liability insurance. In addition, the NAO maintains a further insurance policy for Participants and volunteers that acts as an umbrella cover.
The NAO (previously known as NAA) certificate of currency and insurance schedules outlining coverage, geographical limits and limitations of liability or cover is available at www.dukeofed.com.au. It is important to regularly review the NAO’s insurance certificates and schedules as they may be updated annually. Participants, their families and volunteers need to refer to their Award Centre for further details.
If activities undertaken could be considered ‘high risk’ by the Award Centre, then the onus of responsibility is on the Participant or guardian to check the Participant’s activity is covered under their Award Centres’s insurance policy. If the activity is not covered by the Award Centres, and subject to the Award Centre agreeing to this activity, separate insurance must be obtained prior to engaging in the activity.
For any accident or incident, an Incident Report form (which can be accessed at the following website: www.dukeofed.com.au/resources/insurance) is required to be completed in conjunction with the Award Centre of the relevant Participants and Volunteers and a copy forwarded to your State/Territory Award Operating Authority as soon as possible.