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Insurable Risk Guideline

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Section 1 - Purpose

(1) This Guideline provides information and guidance to University staff, students, and visitors about the insurance protections available under the University’s insurance program.

Scope

(2) This Guideline provides a summary of the University’s insurance coverage and will assist staff, students, and others who may want further information on the cover provided. This Guideline covers the following specific areas:

PART A - Accident and Health
Corporate Travel Insurance
Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students
Group Personal Accident Insurance for Macquarie University Sports and Aquatic Centre (MUSAC) Social Sports Competition Participants
Group Personal Accident Insurance for Volunteers
PART B - Property and Assets
Property Protection Insurance
Marine Hull Insurance
Motor Vehicle Fleet Insurance
Marine Cargo Insurance
PART C - Liabilities
Public Liability / Products Liability Insurance
Professional Liability Insurance
Cyber Liability Insurance
Environmental Liability Insurance
Medical Malpractice Insurance
General Clinical Trials Insurance

(3) NOTE: The University’s insurance policies are subject to terms, conditions, exclusions, and limitations as expressed in the various policy wordings. This Guideline should not be used to determine whether cover is available under specific wording, as this will depend on the circumstances of a loss/claim.

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Section 2 - Policy

(4) Refer to the Insurable Risk Policy.

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Section 3 - Procedures

(5) Nil.

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Section 4 - Guidelines

Part A - Accident and Health

Corporate Travel Insurance

(6) This section should be read in the context of the University’s Travel Policy and Travel Procedure.

(7) The University provides Corporate Travel Insurance cover for approved Travel for Business for up to 180 days. With the approval of the insurer Chubb insurance Australia Limited, the duration may be extended to 365 days with additional premium applicable, which is the maximum duration allowed under the policy. Journeys will need to be declared to the insurer via MQ Insurance office. Contact insurance@mq.edu.au for more information.

(8) The Insurance Manager must be notified in writing via email to insurance@mq.edu.au prior to any Travel for Business that exceeds 180 days, otherwise the insurance will be invalid. In addition, additional premium charges will apply.

(9) A Traveller is covered by the University’s Corporate Travel Insurance policy when Travel for Business is approved in accordance with the Travel Policy.

(10) Travellers who will be undertaking Travel for Business for greater than 365 days may require Expatriate Medical insurance which provides medical expenses cover for employees/students who reside outside of Australia for long periods. Expatriate Medical Insurance must be arranged prior to departure; and an additional insurance premium is applicable. To request Expatriate Medical Insurance contact insurance@mq.edu.au.

Student incidental leisure travel

(11) The University’s travel insurance policy does not provide cover for leisure travel outside the dates of the University-related approved activity, including before, after, or a combination of both, or occurring in between University-related activities that may be spread out across a trip. Students will need to purchase their own insurance (including emergency assistance) for any leisure travel.  

Staff incidental leisure travel

(12) Staff traveling on approved University business can be covered subject to policy terms and conditions. The incidental leisure travel will be covered if the total leisure travel days are less than 7 days and leisure travel days are less than business travel days. If staff incidental leisure travel days are more than 7 days or more than the business travel days, no single leisure travel days will be covered under the University’s corporate travel insurance policy and staff must obtain personal travel insurance at their own costs.

Corporate Travel Insurance Provider and Coverage

(13) The University's current travel insurer is Chubb Insurance Australia Limited. The policy number is 01PP535898; it is renewed annually on 01 November.

(14) Corporate Travel Insurance provides protection for all University staff and students while on travel for approved University business outside their usual work environment – refer to the Summary of Travel Insurance Benefits table below:

Summary of Travel Insurance Benefits*
Excess
Extent of Cover

Personal Injury (Accidental Death and Capital Benefits) – Insured Persons excluding Accompanying Spouse / Partner and/or Dependent Children:

 
 
Accidental Death
Nil
5 x annual income to a maximum of $500,000; The benefit for any non- income earning person is limited to $100,000
Permanent Total Disablement
Nil
5 x annual income to a maximum of $500,000; The benefit for any non- income earning person is limited to $100,000
Other Permanent Disablement Capped between 1% and 100% of the benefit
Nil
5 x annual income to a maximum of $500,000; The benefit for any non- income earning person is limited to $100,000
Temporary Total Disablement (Accidental Bodily Injury) Weekly Benefit
7 days
100% of weekly income to a maximum of $1,500 payable for up to 104 weeks and subject to an excess period of 7 days
Temporary Total Disablement (Sickness/Illness)
N/A
Not Insured

Overseas Medical & Evacuation:

 
 
Overseas Medical & Evacuation Expenses
Nil
Unlimited
Continuous Worldwide Bed Confinement
Nil
$200 per day for maximum 30 days
Repatriation of Mortal Remains
Nil
$50,000

Loss of Deposits, Cancellation and Curtailment Expenses:

 
 
Loss of Deposits, Cancellation and Curtailment Expenses (any one Insured Person - any one claim or series of claims arising out of the one event):
Nil
Unlimited

Baggage, Business Property and Money/Travel Documents:

 

 
Baggage / Business Property
Nil
$20,000
Electronic Equipment
$500 excess on items for business use
$10,000
Money and Travel Documents
Nil
$5,000
Deprivation of Baggage
NB: Luggage must be delayed or misplaced by any carrier for more than 8 consecutive hours
Nil
$5,000

Rental Vehicle Excess:

 

 
Rental Vehicle Excess
Per Week: $500; Maximum: $2,500.
$20,000
Towing Expenses
Nil
$1,000

Missed Transport Connection and Overbooked Flights:

 

 
Missed Transport Connection
Nil
$20,000
Overbooked Flights
Nil
$20,000

Personal Liability:

 

 
Personal Liability
Nil
$10,000,000

Political Unrest and Natural Disaster Evacuation:

 

 
Political Unrest and Natural Disaster Evacuation Expenses
Nil
$50,000
Search & Rescue Expenses
Aggregate Limit of Liability: $100,000
$20,000

(15) *This summary table provides a general description only. Each category is subject to various conditions, limitations, and exclusions as well as the overriding terms, conditions, exclusions and endorsements of the Corporate Travel Insurance policy. Further detail and clarification can be obtained from the Insurance Office via insurance@mq.edu.au.

(16) If there is a group of more than 24 staff and/or students travelling together, the aggregate limit may need to be increased. Please contact the Insurance Office via insurance@mq.edu.au to assess the risks and adequacy of an aggregate limit.

General Exclusions

(17) Some general exclusions of the Corporate Travel Insurance policy are:

  1. Incidents that occur while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  2. High risk activities including but not limited to; bungee jumping, paragliding, parasailing, scuba diving, caving, canyoning, abseiling, riding a motorcycle either as a driver or passenger.
  3. Flying or engaging in aerial activities other than as a passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  4. Unscheduled Flight(s) which means travel in an aircraft whose flights are not conducted in accordance with fixed flying schedules, over specific air routes, to and from fixed terminals. Taking an unscheduled flight has reduced cover benefit.
  5. Training for and/or participating in professional sport of any kind.
  6. Any intentional self-injury or attempt at same, suicide or any illegal or criminal act committed by a Traveller.
  7. War or Civil War in any and all of Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, and Somalia.
  8. The financial default of any airline or other transportation provider, accommodation provider, car rental agency, travel wholesaler or booking agent.
  9. The cancellation curtailment or diversion of scheduled public transport services, including by reason of strike, or other industrial action, if there had been a published warning that such events were likely to occur prior to the Traveller booking their journey.
  10. For specific COVID-19 coverage position, please refer to COVID-19 coverage position, clauses 19-21.
  11. Travelling against the advice of a doctor.
  12. Travelling whilst unfit to travel.
  13. Travelling to seek medical attention for a pre-existing condition.
  14. Expenses incurred for routine medical, optical or dental treatment or consultation.

(18) For Travel for Business to the Traveller’s own country of residency, there is limited travel insurance cover applicable. Certain benefits will not be covered e.g. medical costs, repatriation, evacuation. The Chubb claim team has full discretion to assess the claim, and you will normally be expected to rely on your home country’s medical system if you are eligible to access subject to policy terms and conditions, exclusions and limitations.  

COVID-19 coverage position

Medical Expenses

(19) Cover is provided for medical expenses incurred overseas if a Traveller contracts COVID-19 and requires medical treatment from a doctor. No cover is provided for COVID-19 vaccinations whether mandatory or voluntary.

Loss of Deposits 

(20) Cover is provided for the following events:

  1. The Traveller’s unexpected death from COVID-19 prior to the journey commencing.
  2. The Traveller contracting COVID-19 which results in them being certified by a doctor as being unable to commence the journey as planned.
  3. The Traveller contracting COVID-19 which results in them being directed by a health authority to quarantine which prevents them from being able to commence the journey as planned.
  4. The Traveller, a close relative, close colleague or travelling companion of the Traveller being directed by a health authority to quarantine because of a close contact with a positive or suspected positive case of COVID-19 which prevents the Traveller being able to commence the journey as planned.
  5. A close relative, close colleague or travelling companion of the Traveller contracting COVID-19, or their unexpected death from COVID-19 which prevents the Traveller being able to commence the journey as planned.
  6. NB. All claims must result from an unforeseen circumstance outside the control of the University or the Traveller.

Cancellation and Curtailment Expenses

(21) Cover is provided for the following events:

  1. The Traveller’s unexpected death from COVID-19.
  2. The Traveller contracting COVID-19 which results in them being certified by a doctor as being unable to continue the journey as planned.
  3. The Traveller contracting COVID-19 which results in them being directed by a health authority to quarantine which prevents them being able to continue the journey as planned.
  4. The Traveller, a close relative, close colleague or travelling companion of the Traveller being directed by a health authority to quarantine because of a close contact with a positive or suspected positive case of COVID-19 which prevents the Traveller being able to continue the journey as planned.
  5. A close relative, close colleague or travelling companion of the Traveller contracting COVID-19, or their unexpected death from COVID-19 which prevents the Traveller being able to continue the journey as planned.
  6. NB: All claims must result from an unforeseen circumstance outside the control of the University or the Traveller.

Motor Vehicle Hire (excess only)

(22) A Traveller who hires a motor vehicle should be aware that the University’s Corporate Travel Insurance policy does not cover the costs of repairs to the hired motor vehicle or the cost of repairs to other property or claims for injury to other road users.

(23) The Corporate Travel Insurance policy covers the insurance excess imposed by the hire company in the event of a claim. The maximum payable for any claim is $20,000.

(24) It is therefore essential to make sure that the hired motor vehicle is fully insured through the car hire rental agreement.

Pre-existing medical conditions

(25) Under the Corporate Travel Policy, a pre-existing medical condition is defined as:

  1. any physical defect, condition, illness or disease for which treatment, medication or advice (including advice for treatment) has been received or prescribed by a doctor twelve (12) months immediately prior to the Traveller’s journey; or
  2. the symptoms of any physical defect, condition, illness or disease which a reasonable person in the circumstances would be expected to be aware of an underlying physical defect, condition, illness or disease in the three (3) months prior to becoming a Traveller under the insurance policy.

(26) By virtue of the above, Insurers usually consider a pre-existing medical condition to include:

  1. a medical or dental condition that is currently being or has been investigated or treated by a health professional; and/or
  2. any condition for which a person takes prescribed medicine; and/or
  3. any condition for which a person has had surgery; and/or
  4. pregnancy.

(27) A Traveller with pre-existing medical condition/s is requested to do the following while on Travel for Business:

  1. notify the Health Management Advisor (for staff 02 9850 9746) or Student Wellbeing (for students 02 9850 7497) of any pre-existing medical condition/s that may require special attention or access to specialised medical treatment during travel; and
  2. provide a letter from your treating doctor confirming your fitness to travel to the Health Management Advisor (for staff) or Student Wellbeing (for students).

(28) In additional to all General Exclusions (clause 17), cover under the Corporate Travel Policy for pre-existing medical conditions will not be provided where:

  1. travel is undertaken by the Traveller against the advice of a doctor or dentist; or
  2. travel is undertaken where the Traveller is unfit to travel; or
  3. travel is for the purpose of the Traveller seeking medical attention for a pre-existing medical condition; or
  4. expenses that are incurred for any medication or ongoing treatment for a pre-existing medical condition which the Traveller has been advised to continue by their doctor during travel; or
  5. expenses that are incurred directly or indirectly in relation to a Traveller’s terminal condition which was diagnosed by a doctor prior to the travel commencing.

(29) Lump-sum and weekly personal injury benefits that are directly or indirectly related to a pre-existing medical condition are excluded.

Travel to higher risk or sanctioned countries

(30) For travel to any destination identified as a Level 3 (‘reconsider your need to travel’) risk as defined by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the Chief Risk Officer must be consulted to enable advice to be provided to the relevant University Executive Group member prior to approval and commencement of the trip.

(31) You may not travel to any destination identified as a 4 (‘do not travel’) risk as defined by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the time of booking or any time up to departure unless it is reduced by the time of departure.

(32) Travel to areas against DFAT advice or to sanctioned countries as listed by the insurer (including but not limited to Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Somalia, Iran,  Syria, North Korea, North Sudan, Russia, Crimea, Cuba and others, which may change without warning depending on global circumstances) or to geographically unique areas (e.g., Antarctica) is not automatically covered by the University’s Corporate Travel Insurance policy. Therefore, please contact insurance@mq.edu.au for advice prior to booking your travel. 

Emergency Assistance Provider

(33) The University has partnered with International SOS to provide around the clock resources and support for those on international Travel for Business.

(34) International SOS provides resources and support by:  

  1. phone - the Sydney assistance centre number is +61 2 9372 2468;
  2. online through a dedicated portal which includes up-to-date medical and security information. The University’s TravelRight website outlines the required travel risk tasks that all University approved Travellers must undertake. 

Download the App

(35) The mobile app provides immediate access to the assistance centre where medical, security, or logistical experts are available to provide routine advice or support in an emergency. Up-to-date advice and real-time alerts for travel locations are also available. All Travellers must download the app. For more information see the University’s TravelRight website.

More information

(36) For questions or further assistance, email the Group Risk team at traveladvice@mq.edu.au.

Claim

(37) To claim any University or personal costs or losses incurred that are eligible for reimbursement under the Corporate Travel Insurance policy. A Travel Insurance Claim Form must be completed and submitted to the Insurance Office via insurance@mq.edu.au. Only one Claim Form needs to be completed for losses involving both University and personal property, however, the values need be distinguished via supporting documentation to facilitate correct reimbursement to each party.

(38) The Claim Form indicates what proof of loss/damage the insurer requires to enable speedy settlement of a claim. The required supporting documentation as specified on the Claim Form must be submitted with the Claim Form to the Insurance Office for lodgement with the insurers.

Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students

(39) Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students provides protection for students in the event of accidental death or bodily injury while engaged on authorised business and activities of the University – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits
Excess
Extent of Cover
Accidental Death and Capital Benefits Nil Up to $100,000
Weekly Injury Benefits 7 days 100% of Income to a maximum of $500; Aggregate Period: 156 Weeks
Weekly Sickness Benefits N/A No Insured
Non-Medicare Medical Expenses* $50 each and every claim 100% of costs up to a maximum of $10,000

(40) The cover is for accidental death or bodily injury only. There is no cover for sickness or illness.

(41) Medicare rebatable medical expenses are not covered, nor are expenses related to a ‘Medicare Gap’ (as noted below).

(42) *Non-Medicare Medical Expenses means expenses:

  1. incurred within twelve (12) months of sustaining a bodily injury; and
  2. paid by a Covered Person or by the Policyholder for doctor, physician, surgeon, nurse, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, hospital and / or ambulance services for the following treatments: Medical, Surgical, X-ray, Chiropractic, Osteopathic, Physiotherapy, Hospital, Nursing Treatment; but
  3. does not include dental treatment, unless such treatment is necessarily required, to teeth other than dentures and is caused by the Bodily injury referred to in (a) above.

(43) Any benefit payable under Non-Medicare Medical Expenses is less any recovery made from any private health insurance fund or any other source with respect to the expense.

(44) NB: All expense must be paid for by the student who should then seek reimbursement under the policy.

(45) The insurer shall not be liable to make any payment in respect of:

  1. any expense recoverable by that student from any other source; and
  2. any expense which would result in the Insurer contravening the Health Insurance Act 1973 or the National Health Act 1953 or the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 or any other succeeding legislation to those Acts; 

(46) No benefit is payable related to the “Medicare Gap”, which is any difference between payment made by Medicare under the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the fee charged by the medical practitioner (if they are different).

(47) Generally, doctors, surgeons, anesthetists, specialists, and X-rays attract a Medicare rebate. Chubb Insurance is not a registered private health fund and legislation prohibits them from considering such expenses, including the Medicare Gap. Services provided by orthopedic surgeons, anesthetists etc. are normally subject to Medicare rebates and it is common practice for many doctors to obtain the relevant rebate on behalf of the patient directly from Medicare. The provider then charges the patient for any amounts above the scheduled fees, and this is known as the Medicare Gap.

(48) The scope of the cover under the Policy is: Cover under the policy applies 24 hours per day while on the business of the University including travelling directly to and from the Traveller’s normal place of residence, or campus or normal place of employment and shall include any minor deviations or interruptions which in no way increases the risk of bodily injury that would have normally arisen had the person travelled directly without deviation or interruption for the sole purpose of engaging in the activity on behalf of the University.

Group Personal Accident Insurance for Macquarie University Sports and Aquatic Centre (MUSAC) Social Sports Competition Participants

(49) Group Personal Accident Insurance for MUSAC Social Sports Competition Participants provides protection for non-student participants engaged in University organised sport competitions in the event of accidental death or bodily injury – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits
Excess
Extent of Cover
Accidental Death and Capital Benefits Nil Up to $100,000
Weekly Injury Benefits 7 days 100% of weekly salary up to $500; Aggregate Period: 156 Weeks
Weekly Sickness Benefits N/A No insured
Non-Medicare Medical Expenses* $50 each and every claim 100% of costs to a maximum $10,000

(50) * Please refer to the section “Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students” (clause 39) for more information on Non-Medicare Medical Expenses.

(51) This coverage is limited and restricted in various ways. As the nature of sport activity is inherently risky, participants are strongly urged to purchase Private Health Insurance before participating in any activity and to rely on their own Private Health Insurance if a claim arises.

Group Personal Accident Insurance for Volunteers

(52) Group Personal Accident Insurance for Volunteers provides protection for the University Group volunteers in the event of accidental death or bodily injury – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Accidental Death and Capital Benefits Nil
Covered Persons aged up to 74 years - $250,000 
Covered Persons aged 75 years to 85 years - $100,000 
Covered Persons aged 85 years and over - $10,000 
Weekly Injury Benefits 7 days
Covered Person aged up to 74 years – 85% of income up to a maximum of $1,500 (104 weeks)
Covered Persons aged 75 years and under 85 years – Not insured
Covered Persons aged 85 years and over: Not insured
Weekly Sickness Benefits N/A Not Insured
Non-Medicare Medical Expenses* $50 each and every claim 100% up to a maximum of $10,000

(53) *Please refer to the section “Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students” for more information on Non-Medicare Medical Expenses.

(54) Volunteers are not entitled to Workers Compensation in the event of an injury.

(55) The Group Personal Accident Insurance for Volunteers policy applies while a person is:

  1. engaged in voluntary work on behalf of the University including necessary direct travel to and from such voluntary work including any minor deviations or interruptions which in no way increases the risk of bodily injury that would have normally arisen had the person travelled directly without deviation or interruption for the sole purpose of engaging in voluntary work on behalf of the University;
  2. provided always that any voluntary work is officially organised by and under the control of the University.

Part B - Property and Assets

Property Protection Insurance

(56) Property Protection Insurance provides protection for the material loss of or damage to assets – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Material Loss or Damage and Consequential Loss 
$100,000;
Other than Personal Property and Property in transit the retention is $10,000 each and every claim
Maximum limit of $750,000,000 any one loss or series of losses arising out of any one event 
Various sub limits apply 
Consequential Loss Indemnity Period: 48 months 
 
Property Terrorism
Material Loss or Damage and Consequential Loss 
$100,000
$1,000,000,000 any one event
Consequential Loss Indemnity Period: 36 months 

(57) The excess excludes the following losses:

  1. For losses in Non-Mitigated Controlled Environments (CE), the excess is 50% of the protected loss or $100,000, whichever is the higher. For losses in Mitigated Controlled Environments (CE), the excess is 20% of the protected loss or $100,000, whichever is the higher. *Controlled Environment means any enclosed area to create a controlled environment for research, including a combination of controls to manage, including but not limited to temperature, air pressure, air quality, humidity, lighting water quality, such as refrigerators, freezers, cool rooms, dewars, fish tanks, greenhouses, herbaria, and sterilized housing.
  2. For losses involving Equipment in or Under the Water and Remotely Piloted Aircraft, the excess will be 30% of replacement or repair cost (up to a maximum excess of $100,000) or $100,000 whichever is higher.
  3. Controlled Environment losses and losses involving equipment in or under the water do not contribute to University’s aggregate caps.

(58) Property Protection provides cover for material loss of or damage to assets. It extends to claims for loss of revenue, increased cost of working, loss of rental income and additional expenses resulting from interruption or interference with business. Protection is subject to certain terms, exclusions, conditions, and limitations.

(59) Where the University sustains physical loss or damage to property, the loss must be recorded through online Risk and Safety Reporting process on the University webpage. In the case of the loss or destruction of an item, the relevant cost is the replacement cost of the item. Where the item has been damaged but can be economically repaired, the relevant cost is the repair cost. 

(60) Insurable hazards include:

  1. Fire and Perils which are: Fire (including that caused by or arising from, spontaneous combustion and / or overheating and fermentation), lightning, impact by aircraft and / or aerial devices and/or articles dropped or falling there from, impact by space debris or sonic boom, impact by motor vehicles and mobile equipment (including cranes), water-borne craft or animals, explosion, implosion, smoke and / or steam, tidal wave, storm, tempest, wind, hail, cyclone, hurricane, typhoon, tornado, rainwater, flood, water and /or other liquids and / or substances discharges, overflowing and/or leaking from apparatus, appliances, pipes, tanks, sprinkler and /or other systems, or otherwise escaping from intended confines, the acts of persons taking part in riots or civil commotion or of strikers or locked-out workers or of persons taking part in labour disturbances including malicious persons or the acts of any lawfully constituted authority in connection with the foregoing acts or in connection with any conflagration and whether or not any of the foregoing are the result of earthquake, subterranean fire and / or volcanic eruption;
  2. Accidental Damage;
  3. Earthquake;
  4. Burglary or Theft;
  5. Machinery Breakdown / Boilers & Pressure Vessels; and
  6. Spoilage by accidental means.

Marine Hull Insurance

(61) Marine Hull Insurance provides protection for loss, damage or theft of declared boats owned by the University and its affiliates – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Loss or damage to declared vessels $250 each claim other than “Pelagica” which is $750 each claim As per declared values
Third Party Liability $250 each claim other than “Pelagica” which is $750 each claim $20,000,000 any one loss or occurrence and in the annual aggregate.
Navigational Limits N/A
Australian inland and coastal waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore. At all times subject to the navigational limits as noted per statutory authority requirements.

Motor Vehicle Fleet Insurance

(62) Motor Vehicle Fleet Insurance provides protection for loss, damage or theft of any vehicle declared under Macquarie University’s fleet – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Loss of or damage to vehicle $650 Market Value
Third Party Property Damage $650 $35,000,000; Transportation of dangerous Goods Limit: $1,000,000

(63) The University insures its fleet of motor vehicles under Comprehensive Cover. This provides:

  1. cover for cost of repairs to University motor vehicles (or cost of replacing a motor vehicle in the event of a theft or total loss); and
  2. Third Party Liability Cover to provide the University with cover for legal liability for loss or damage to someone else’s property arising out of the use of a University vehicle.

(64) In normal circumstances, the policy will cover the liability of any person driving a University motor vehicle with the consent of the University.

(65) It is important to note that the University’s Motor Vehicle Fleet Insurance policy does not provide any cover to persons who use their own motor vehicles on behalf of the University.

Marine Cargo Insurance

(66) Marine Cargo Insurance provides protection for loss, damage or theft of Macquarie University’s goods and or property whilst in transit – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Conveyance within Australia $500 each and every loss $500,000 any one conveyance and /or any one loss or occurrence.
Imports $500 (Imports) each and every loss $500,000 any one conveyance and /or any one loss or occurrence.
Exports Nil (Exports) each and every loss $500,000 any one conveyance and /or any one loss or occurrence.
Staff Moves N/A Not insured
Human Tissue Imports N/A Not insured

(67) Marine Cargo Insurance provides protection for any losses to the University’s goods and/or property whilst in transit. The policy does not provide cover for the personal belongings of staff starting employment at the University, e.g., household goods and personal effects. Relocating staff will need to purchase transit insurance with a professional carrier.

Part C - Liabilities

Public Liability / Product Liability Insurance

(68) Public Liability/Product Liability Insurance provides protection for liability arising from third party personal injury (including death), and property damage claims in connection with Macquarie University’s business activities and /or products – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Third Party Property Damage or Personal Injury (including death) $20,000 inclusive of defence costs each and every occurrence $20,000,000 any one occurrence for Public Liability claims and in the annual aggregate for Product Liability claims
Liability Terrorism $20,000 $100,000,000 each and every occurrence

(69) Public and Products Liability insurance covers claims made against the University, its affiliates, and persons the University has agreed to protect.

(70) It covers the University’s legal liability to pay compensation in respect of:

  1. personal Injury (including death) to a third party; and
  2. damage to third party property.

(71) It also covers defence costs incurred in the event of legal proceedings brought against the University.

(72) The property damage or personal injury must first occur during the protection period and be caused by an occurrence in connection with the University’s business and/or products sold by the University.

Professional Liability Insurance

(73) Professional Liability Insurance provides protection for a civil liability claim made by a third party and arising from the University’s professional services – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Professional Business $30,000 inclusive of defence costs for each and every claim $30,000,000 any one claim and $60,000,000 in the annual aggregate

(74) Professional Liability (indemnity) protects the University for its legal liability to pay damages as a result of a claim made against the University and/or a protected person arising out of any actual or alleged breach of duty, negligent act, error, or omission in the conduct of the University’s professional business (breach of professional duty resulting in a financial loss to a ‘client’ of the University). A professional duty exists particularly in connection to teaching, consulting work and research.

(75) Cover extends to unintentional libel or slander, infringement of rights of intellectual property, and breach of confidentiality.

(76) With the exception of claims brought in North America (USA and/or Canada), the scope of cover is worldwide.

Cyber Liability Insurance

(77) Cyber Liability Insurance provides protection for the costs related to regulatory fines, third party losses and reinstatement of data in the event of a cyber loss event – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Losses incurred after a cyber event $250,000 each and every claim; 12 hours waiting period $5,000,000 any one claim and in the annual aggregate

Environmental Liability Insurance

(78) Environmental Liability Insurance provides protection for claims, remediation costs and associated legal defence costs relating to an environmental pollution event occurring at any location owned, operated, managed, leased or maintained by the University – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Losses arising from gradual release over an extended period, including resultant claims, remediation and legal defence costs. $50,000 inclusive of defence costs each and every occurrence $2,500,000 any one claim and in the annual aggregate

Medical Malpractice Insurance

(79) Medical Malpractice Insurance provides protection for a claim arising out of the provision of healthcare services – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Limit of Indemnity $150,000 $20,000,000 any one claim and $40,000,000 in the annual aggregate

(80) Medical Malpractice insurance is a form of Professional Liability (breach of professional duty) but is specifically designed to cover the University and protected persons in the provision of health care services.

(81) Download the Medical Malpractice Cover Fact Sheet.

General Clinical Trials Insurance

(82) General Clinical Trials Insurance provides protection for damages or compensation claims arising out of a bodily injury by human research subjects – refer to the Summary of Benefits table below:

Summary of Benefits Excess Extent of Cover
Clinical Trials No Fault Compensation / Legal Liability / Medical Malpractice $10,000 any one claim, inclusive of defence costs $20,000,000 any one claim and in the annual aggregate

(83) Standard Medical Malpractice excludes personal injury sustained by a person participating in a Clinical Trial. Therefore, the University has arranged insurance for Clinical Trials that have been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

(84) Download the Clinical Trial Cover Fact Sheet.

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Section 5 - Definitions

(85) For the purposes of this Guideline, the following definitions apply:

  1. Health Management Advisor means an employee who is responsible for providing specialised health and safety advice.
  2. Travel for Business means travel approved by an Authorising Officer as part of University business, which may include associated costs for airfares, accommodation, car hire, or other authorised travel costs.
  3. Traveller means anyone who undertakes travel on behalf of the University and/or incurs travel or related expenses.