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Contemporary craft and design in Canberra is a diverse and vibrant field. The number of successful craft and design practitioners that have an international and national reputation is above average for a population of the size of the ACT and demonstrates the extraordinary strength of this local sector.
To further awareness of local contemporary craft artists and designers Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre runs a program titled the Accredited Professional Members. This program promotes professionalism, excellence and innovation in craft and design. Recognising respected artists, designer/makers and younger professionals, who demonstrate a high standard of artistic and technical skills. The Accredited Professional Members strengthen Craft ACT ensuring that the organisation meets the same standards of professionalism and provides quality services.
Joining this strong community of leaders in their fields, conceptually, materially and technically, means you are contributing to Canberra's national reputation for contemporary craft and design in Australia. An intergenerational community with a pool of knowledge extending back to the 1970's, each new member builds upon this history to create a strong arts future.
Accreditation is reviewed every five years, offering flexibility in this Craft ACT membership. It accommodates life changes and provides opportunity for self assessment. The review process is an opportunity to update professional information held by Craft ACT, thereby sharing current artistic practices with broad audiences via the reach of a grass roots and connected organisation, which acts as an enabler for the arts.
(Benefits may vary from year to year)
Applicants must be financial ordinary members of the organisation before submitting an application.
Applications are advised to read through all the information on the APM Program and if necessary to contact Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre before submitting an application. Applicants are also encouraged to view the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre website and view profiles of existing accredited members.
Applications for accreditation will be assessed by the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Accredited Professional Member Sub-committee. The application will be assessed against the requirements set out below and accompany each application with the appropriate and signed cover sheet. Upon satisfying these requirements your accreditation will be recommended to the Craft ACT Management Committee to become an Accredited Professional member of Craft ACT.
Calls for applications are announced through the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's e-box newsletter and the number of application rounds may vary from year to year.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre has secured through Local Community Insurance Services an insurance package for Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Accredited Professional members. The insurance cover is part of the Accredited Professional membership fee, providing Accredited Professional members with professional insurance at a heavily reduced rate, which would not normally be available to individuals through usual insurance channels.
This policy is intended to cover the activities of the craft, design and visual art practitioner as an individual, primarily as an occupier of a studio or workshop, as an exhibitor at galleries and other locations, or where commissioned to produce and install a work of art, including public art. Please ensure you check that the insurance package covers all of your needs before cancelling any existing insurance you may have.
The Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Accredited Professional member insurance policy will also cover any legal costs authorized by the insurer in defending claims brought against you in the areas covered above, and this is probably the most important part of the policy. Whilst you may be perfectly innocent of a claim brought against you, you will incur legal fees in defending the case, and without a liability to protect you, this could amount to many thousands of dollars.
If you would like general information about your insurance cover, including the insurance policy (also known as the Broadform Liability), visit: http://www.localcommunityinsurance.com.au/coverage_pl.aspx (go to the Broadform Liability Insurance Policy).
If you require a Certificate of Currency as proof of your insurance, please contact Local Community Insurance Services on 1300 853 800 / (08) 8235 6480
The following insurance extensions are automatically available to Accredited Professional members:
The Accredited Professional members policy automatically provides indemnity to Principals in respect to work carried out by the Accredited Professional member for the Principal.
** Definition: A Sub-contractor is a person called in by a Principal to carry out work that is within the expertise of the Principal and would normally be carried out by him/her.
The Accredited Professional members' insurance policy automatically provides cover in respect to the artist teaching their craft or passing on their professional skills. However, this policy is not intended as a cover for regular classes but rather for occasional sessions, where not more than six (6) classes are conducted per annum, where up to ten (10) persons are taught in any one class.*
*Artists may also be contracted to undertake an Artist in Residence program at either state or private schools for a period of a school term or so. This may involve attending school activities in order to pass on their professional skills. This activity is seen as a separate job to the teaching of classes by the artists in their own name and is not restricted to the six (6) classes per annum limitation.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Accredited Professional members do not need to apply separately for the extensions listed above, however if the Accredited Professional member wishes to apply for further policy extensions, or they wish to exceed the limits of the policy, for example: teach twelve (12) classes per annum instead of six (6), it is necessary for the individual Accredited Professional member to make contact with Greg Naulty at Local Community Insurance Services for further information on 1300 853 800.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre acknowledges the support and intellectual property of Craftsouth: Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design in the preparation of this package.
The insurance scheme arranged by Local Community Insurance Services on behalf of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is designed to give you protection against allegations of common law legal liability, in other words, persons issuing legal proceedings against you in the event of your negligence. The policy which has been affected covers Accredited Professional Members of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre only, not all members. It is intended to cover Accredited Professional members as sole practitioners, but will allow cover where members employ others provided that there are no more than three persons involved in the business. The reason for allowing up to three people is in recognition of one off projects such as installing public art works. The insurer is QBE Insurance (Australia) Pty Ltd. It is a Broadform Public and Products Liability Insurance Policy with extension to provide Professional Indemnity cover.
The policy will only cover you for the activities of the craft or crafts detailed on your Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre membership application form.
The Public Liability section of the policy will protect you against any "Act of Negligence" on your part causing injury to the public or damage to their property. For instance, you may leave an item of equipment lying on the floor of your workshop in a gangway and not put it away because you are going to use it shortly. If a visitor then trips over that piece of equipment, you could possibly be held liable in a court of law. If you are held liable, the policy will pay for both the damages awarded and the costs involved in the case.
The Products Liability section of the policy will cover you against an "Act of Negligence" on your part caused by the manufacture or sale of your merchandise. For instance, a nail may come loose on an item you have made, or you may have failed to knock it in properly. If someone tears their clothes on that nail then you could be held liable to replace the item of clothing. Again the policy would answer to the claim in the same manner as in the previous paragraph.
Technically, to be negligent you must either have done something that a reasonable person would not do, or conversely, you must have failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done. A third party will not be able to claim against you merely because they were injured on your premises; it will be necessary for them to prove that their injury was caused by your negligence. The law in respect of manufactured products is different. In this case it is only necessary for the injured party to show that the injury was caused by your product or a product that you have sold to them. It is then your responsibility to prove that the injury was not caused by your negligence.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a liability policy is the cost of fighting a false claim made against you - provided these costs are approved by the insurance company prior to their being incurred. Many people think that they do not need a liability policy because they are very careful in everything that they do, and forget that people may try to claim against them even when they have not been negligent. This is one of the reasons that there are courts to decide these cases and lawyers to help you prove that you have not been negligent. The decision whether or not you have been negligent, and an injured party should be paid, rests with the insurance company and the court. You should never admit liability in any way, as it may prejudice your claim.
The scheme which Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre has arranged is not intended to be "all embracing". The policy will cover you against legal action taken against you, as described above, and against professional acts of negligence which result in bodily injury or property damage. This could include: advice that you may give to anyone on a professional basis, or any fault in the actual design of your product. It is virtually impossible to give instances in all cases, because each case will depend on the circumstances and these always differ. This brings us back to one of the most important reasons for liability insurance, the policy covers the costs of a claim made against you, provided that the claim falls within the terms and conditions of the policy, and that the insurance company agrees to those costs being incurred. To access the Public Liability insurance policy (also known as Broadform Liability), visit: http://www.localcommunityinsurance.com.au/coverage_pl.aspx (go to the Broadform Liability Insurance Policy). DISCLAIMER: Information contained in this outline should not be relied upon in lieu of legal advice on any particular case, transaction or matter.
For further information contact Greg Naulty, Local Community Insurance Services on (08) 8235 6444.