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National Risk Protection Program

Masters Swimming Clubs

Learn everything you need to know about the insurance you have in place for your club, committee and volunteers.

Program Coverage

Public Liability Insurance

Can help cover clubs if a third party claims they have suffered a serious injury or their property has been damaged due to the clubs alleged negligent activities.

Personal Injury Insurance

This insurance is designed to offer some peace of mind to players of your club by helping cover costs related to a personal injury sustained whilst participating in Insured’s activity.

What's Covered
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Public Liability Insurance

Masters Swimming Australia and all State and Territory Branches. All registered and affiliated Associations and Clubs participating in sanctioned club events and activities.



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Public Liability

$20,000,000 limit any one occurrence

Products Liability

$20,000,000 limit any one occurrence and in the annual aggregate

Professional Indemnity

$5,000,000 limit

$2,500 Excess

Personal Injury Insurance

All Affiliated Clubs and/or Affiliated members including, but not limited to: all registered participating members for participation in organised games, practice and training sessions, directors, officers, employees, staff, officials, office bearers, club directors, committee members, teachers, coaches, instructors, timekeepers, technical officers, facilities maintenance staff, all voluntary workers including co-opted volunteers, prospective members, guest swimmers, First Aid personnel of these bodies and clubs.



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Non-Medicare Medical Benefits

50% reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,200

$25 Excess

Capital Benefits (Death & Permanent Disablement)

$50,0000 maximum

Loss of Income

75% of Net Income Lost

Maximum $210 per week for 52 weeks

7 day excess period

Medicare vs Risk Protection

When it comes to reimbursement of Personal Injury claims, some people get confused about Medicare, the Medicare Gap and what is covered through the National Risk Protection Program.

Medicare is a Commonwealth Government programme that provides eligible Australian residents with free or low-cost medical and hospital care.

Medicare provides access to:

  • Free treatment as public (Medicare) patient in public hospital
  • Free or subsidised treatment by practitioners such as Doctors or specialists.

The medical benefits schedule (MBS) lists all treatments and Associated MBR relating to Medicare.

You can access the MBS at any time by Medicare’s website. Items commonly used by sports participants that are Medicare listed can include General Practitioners, surgeons and an anaesthetists.

The MBS lists a rebate amount for each Medicare Item.

Example: A short consultation with a Doctor = Medicare rebate of $15.36

However, doctors or specialists may charge more than the listed MBS amount.

The difference between was is charged and the MBS rebate is call the “Medicare Gap”

  1. The Doctor charges $45
  2. Medicare provides a rebate of $15.35
  3. Medicare Gap = $29.65 (our of pocket expense).

The Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) strictly prohibits any general insurer from insuring any item that is listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

This also means that regardless of your out of pocket expenses, it is against the law for the insurer to cover the Medicare Gap.

So what does that mean?

If your medical or other treatment has a Medicare Item number, such as the doctor fee above, it is claimable on Medicare by is uninsurable and you may not claim for reimbursement.

In the example you cannot claim the $29.65.

If your medical or other treatment does not have a Medicare Item Number, you may claim for reimbursement through Marsh . For specific insurance and Risk Protection information please visit the making a claim section of this website.

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Asset Protect Insurance

A tailored Business Package Insurance solution to help protect your clubs assets from fire, theft, damage and more.

  • This insurance can help protect your club from:

  • Damage for contents and/or building

    (e.g. Fire or storm damage)

  • Burglary / Theft
  • Business interruption

    (e.g. Loss of gross profits)

  • Money

    (e.g. Canteen takings stolen)

  • General property

    (e.g. Property in transit)

  • Glass

    (e.g. broken window)

  • Machinery breakdown

    (e.g. Canteen fridge)

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Cyber Insurance

A sporting club specific insurance solution that can help you prevent, detect and respond to cyber risks.

  • This insurance can help protect your club from:

  • Ransomware and extortion
  • Unintended and accidental disclosure
  • Loss of confidential data

Need to make a claim?

Sometimes accidents happen and we're here to help.

Depending on when the accident occurred and the policy you need to make a claim under, there are different procedures to follow. Head over to our claims page now to get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, coaches (volunteers or paid) are required to have appropriate qualifications or experience in order to take on a coaching role. Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) has a non-swimmer/coaching/volunteer membership of $10 that coaches should register to cover them under the MSA insurance policy.

Yes they are, however the policy provides cover for ocean swims under certain conditions only. These are:

All activities must take place within 100m of the shore

Members must swim in a group of two or more

Ideally at a patrolled beach with a coach present, but it is understood this is not always possible so this will not affect the cover if not in place.

Yes they are, however the policy provides cover for participation in Open Water Events under certain conditions only. These are:

The event must be a MSA sanctioned event

All activities must take place within 2,500m of the shore

Qualified lifeguards must be on duty at all times whilst participants are swimming in the open water event; and

A safety boat must attend at all times whilst participants are swimming in the open water event

The above conditions must be met in order for the event to be covered by the National Insurance Program.

The clubs should follow the policies and procedures in place at the club with respect as to if medics are required for events.

The insurance policy requires that clubs follow their own policies in this regard. For open water sanctioned events a condition of the insurance policy is that a life guard and safety boat must be in attendance at all times.

No, generally not. The Personal Accident policy can only cover medical costs where there is no Medicare rebate paid.


Legislation states that where a Medicare benefit is payable then no personal accident insurance is able to pay the gap. This means that if an injury requires surgery and the surgeon charges $5,000 and the Medicare rebate is $1,000, the remaining $4,000 that the insured is out of pocket is unable to be claimed under the Personal Accident policy.


Types of things that can be claimed under the policy are: physiotherapy, ambulance costs crutches, wheelchairs, private hospital excess payments among others.

1. Complete an incident report as soon as possible, keep this on file and send a copy to your Masters Swimming Australia branch office.

 2. Advise the injured party that as an affiliated club, members are insured by a personal accident policy and provide the Marsh contact details so we are able to assist the claimant with the claims process.

Yes. Social activities run by a club, such as BBQ’s, Trivia Nights and Fundraising events are covered by the National Insurance program. Remember to apply for an Interested Parties certificate if holding Fundraising events alongside an associated partner, such as Bunnings.

  • Doctor’s Fees
  • Surgeon’s Fees
  • Anaesthetist Fees
  • X-rays
  • Public hospital costs
  • MRI Scans

You can’t claim if you …

  • Play against medical advice
  • Have a pre-existing injury
  • Are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Are involved in a criminal act
  • Have a pre-existing illness or disease (i.e. cancer, heart condition)

Still have questions?

For general enquiries please contact us and one of our friendly team members will be in touch.

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